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Frost defends Martinez as Huskers move on to Northwestern

Posted: 10:21 PM, Sep 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-30 23:21:02-04
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Scott Frost was so impressed by Ohio State on Saturday that he voted the Buckeyes the #1 team in the country. Meanwhile, the #1 question on many Huskers' fans minds is: what's wrong with Adrian Martinez?

But on Monday, Frost was quick to defend his sophomore signal caller.

"We're putting an awful lot of him anyway," Frost said on Monday. "But when he's worried about where the snap is, worried about who's coming unblocked, worried about his receivers gonna be in the right place, that's too much to put on a quarterback."

Frost believes too much of the blame is being put on Martinez after his three interception performance against OSU in Nebraska's 48-7 blowout loss.

"I can't believe he needs to be defended," said Frost. "If you know football and watch that game. There's a lot of things that needed to be fixed. It's just the nature of the game that the head coach and quarterback can get all the praise and the blame, and I think he knows that. "

"Just putting things into perspective," Martinez said. "It is still an honor to be here at Nebraska, still an honor to play quarterback here and you can't take for granted a Monday practice and that is what I did today. That is how I wanted to look at it. I wanted to set an example for the team and move forward."

Nebraska now turns its attention to Northwestern, where the Huskers and Wildcats have had their share of classic meetings over the years. Six of the past eight matchups have been decided by seven points or less.

"I've only been a part of one of them," said Frost. "But I am a student of what's happened around here and seeing all the close games that have happened between Northwestern and Nebraska, including last year. Hail Mary's and overtime games."

"This is a Northwestern team that's always been a team that I see has a lot of fight in them," said cornerback DiCaprio Boottle. "They'll never lay down no matter what the score is."

The Huskers host the Wildcats on Saturday at 3 p.m. on Fox.