January 01, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) looks for a place to run as Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) moves in for the sack during the second half of the Capital One bowl at The Citrus Bowl. Georgia defeated Nebraska 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez ruled out for Gator Bowl


Speaking with reporters on Friday in a press conference for the upcoming Gator Bowl, Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini revealed that quarterback Taylor Martinez won’t play in the contest. Martinez, a senior, has battled injuries all season. He last appeared in Nebraska’s 34-23 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers back on Oct. 26.

Per the Omaha World-Herald: “It’s a shame. But he’s not where he needs to be, to be able to go out there and play the way he wants to play.”

Martinez finishes his college career with 7,250 passing yards and 2,975 rushing yards. He won 29 games as Nebraska’s starter, and he accounted for 87 total touchdowns (56 through the air and 31 on the ground).

Freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. will start in place of Martinez. Armstrong, who missed Nebraska’s last game of the regular season with an ankle injury, has started seven games this year. He’s thrown for 803 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven interceptions.

[Source: Omaha World-Herald]

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