The Nebraska Cornhuskers could be without veteran quarterback Taylor Martinez when they open up Big 10 conference play against Illinois Saturday.
Martinez missed Nebraska’s last game, a 59-20 victory over South Dakota State on September 21. It snapped Martinez’s streak of 32 straight starts.
The fifth-year senior has completed 53 of 80 passes for 528 yards with nine touchdowns and one interception this season. He’s also rushed for another 101 yards. Entering his final season in Lincoln, the Corona, California native was 506-of-852 for 6,591 yards with 46 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He rushed 546 times for 2,858 yards and 31 touchdowns, including 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012.
With Martinez out, redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong, Jr. and senior Ron Kellogg III split time filling in.
Kellog III was 8-of-9 for 136 yards and a touchdown against South Dakota State and is now 12-of-14 for 160 yards and a touchdown on the season. Armstrong, Jr. was 12-of-15 for 169 yards and a touchdown in the South Dakota State game. It was the first game he’s attempted a pass. However, he does have 61 yards on nine carries in two games.
“It’s still to be determined,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini told Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com. “I think he’s getting closer to being 100 percent. He’s feeling a lot better.”
The Cornhuskers are 3-1, having failed their only real test in a 41-21 home loss to the UCLA Bruins. Illniois enters with a record of 3-1. Kickoff is scheduled for noon EST.