The Nebraska Cornhuskers will start their redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong on Saturday’s game against at Purdue. This decision was made because the regular starting quarterback, Taylor Martinez, is still recovering from the turf toe injury he suffered in mid-September.
Bo Pelini, coach of the football team, addressed media on Thursday after the decision was made and spoke about Martinez to ESPN.
Taylor is still day to day, and he is getting better,” Pelini said of the school’s all-time leader in total offense, who has been hobbled by turf toe on his left foot. “He is a lot better than he has been.
This will be Armstrong’s third straight start for the Cornhuskers, who are currently sitting at a 4-1 record. After this week’s game, Nebraska goes on a bye week, which gives Martinez extra time to get ready for the next game if he can fully recover by then.
In his two starts this season, Armstrong has completed 20 of 28 passes, while throwing for 304 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. It seems as even if Martinez can’t compete, Armstrong isn’t such a bad replacement. Sure, his yards could be higher, but he’s completing most of his passes and has no interceptions. We’ll just have to wait and see how Martinez’s injury plays out in the coming weeks.