Nebraska Football: Adrian Martinez continuing football career in USFL
A Nebraska football alum is continuing his career, as former Huskers quarterback Adrian Martinez was selected in the second round of the USFL Draft on Tuesday. He will be under center for the New Jersey Generals, coached by former Nebraska football headman Mike Riley. This was first reported by HailVarsity.com’s Brady Oltmans
Martinez was a polarizing quarterback for Nebraska during his time in Lincoln. He threw for 9,752 yards and 51 touchdowns during his time with Nebraska. His best season came in his freshman year, when he recorded 2, 617 yards, 17 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in 2018.
Martinez would finish his final season in Lincoln recording 2,863 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. His 148.9 passer rating was the highest mark of his career. His dual-threat abilities were on full display during his time with Nebraska football as well. He ran for 2,301 yards in four seasons at Nebraska.
Former Husker and Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez selected in the 2nd round of the USFL Draft by the New Jersey Generals.
— Brady Oltmans 🤠 (@BradyOltmans) February 21, 2023
The quarterback transferred to Kansas state following the end of the 2021 season. He played a major part in the program success, recording 1,261 passing yards, six touchdowns and an interception. Martinez battled through injuries last season, as he suffered a leg injury during Kansas State’s 31-3 victory over Baylor.
Now, he will look to rebound in the USFL, as he brings his dual-threat style to the game. It will be intriguing to see how he does, and how he meshes with Riley. Martinez still has a lot to bring to the table, as evidenced by last year’s performances. Maybe, this could be the springboard to the start of something bigger for a quarterback looking to continue his football career.
Watch: WR Trey Palmer shows off blazing speed at NFL Combine
Nebraska football wide receiver Trey Palmer showed off his speed on Saturday afternoon at the NFL Combine. Palmer ran a 4.33 unofficial 40-yard dash. It was the fastest recorded time for a wide receiver up to that point in the afternoon.
Palmer also had a 10-yard split time of 1.51 seconds on the day.
The wide receiver still has several drills to work through, but his speed was undoubtedly the highlight up to that point in the day. His speed was on full display at Nebraska, where he recorded 71 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. Deep balls and crossing routes were his specialty, and he showcased that speed on several occasions throughout the course of the season.
His explosive playmaking ability was a huge part of his game in Lincoln, as he tallied three games of over 100 receiving yards. This includes a 237-yard effort against Purdue on October 15.
It will be intriguing to see how his other measurements, up at the combine, but the speed shown on his 40-yard dash attempt was definitely notable. Currently, he is projected to be a fifth-round pick, per Husker247’s Michael Bruntz.
Palmer could go earlier than that, as he has a skill set that would appeal to many NFL teams. His ability to run after the catch, and get open for deep passes makes him an intriguing late-round target. Currently, NFL NexGen stats has him with a score of 76. That ranks 15th among wide receivers at the Combine. His NFL.com scouting report projects him as an average backup or special teams player. Palmer does have speed, and he can excel on kick return.
4.33… YEA, @treythekiid3 IS FAST#NFLCombine March 2-5 on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/UurULPwlFn
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) March 4, 2023
Palmer may be projected as a lower-round pick, but there is certainly no denying his speed. At the very least, he showcased his speed in front of some of the brightest minds in the NFL, and that may be worth something in the end.
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