Honors & Awards
» Freshman All-American (2018, Football Writer's Association of America)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2018, Coaches & Media)
» NU Offensive Back of the Year (2018)
» Three-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Oct. 22, 2018; Nov. 5, 2018; Nov. 12, 2018)
» College Football Performance Awards Co-National Performer of the Week (Oct. 22, 2018)
» National Freshman of the Week (Athlon Sports, Sept. 10, 2018)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2018)
» Career 400-Yard Total Offense Games (3)
» Season Total Offensive Yards Per Game (295.1 in 2018)
» Season 400-Yard Total Offense Games (3 in 2018)
» Season 300-Yard Total Offense Games (7 in 2018)
» Game Completion Percentage [min. 20 att.] (86.2 vs. Minnesota in 2018)
» Freshman Completions (224 in 2018)
» Freshman Completion Percentage (64.6% in 2018)
» Freshman Passing Yards (2,617 in 2018)
» Freshman Total Offensive Yards (3,246)
» Freshman Passing Touchdowns (17)
» Freshman Total Touchdowns (25)
True freshman Adrian Martinez, an early enrollee who joined the Huskers in January, made 11 starts during a record-breaking freshman season. Martinez made school history by starting the season opener against Colorado, becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener in Nebraska history and just the second freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to start the season opener. Martinez was also just the third true freshman in Husker history to start at quarterback, joining Tommie Frazier (7 starts in 1992) and Cody Green (2 starts in 2009). Martinez was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times in 2018, the first quarterback to win the award three times since Ohio State's J.T. Barrett in 2014. At the conclusion of the season, Martinez was recognized as an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection and a freshman All-American.
Martinez rewrote Nebraska's freshman record book in 2018, and he also left his mark on the Huskers' overall season charts, including averaging a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game. Martinez ranked 12th nationally in total offense per game and was first among all freshmen. In fact, Martinez's average of 295.1 yards of total offense per game was the ninth-highest mark by a freshman in NCAA history and the third-best mark by a true freshman.
Martinez completed 64.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,617 yards, ranking second in school history in completion percentage, sixth in completions (224), eighth in passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns (17). Martinez also rushed for 629 yards, the fourth-highest rushing total of any true freshman in school history. His dual-threat ability helped Martinez account for 3,246 yards of total offense, which was the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history in addition to averaging the most yards of total offense per game in program history. Martinez had a school-record seven 300-yard total offense games in 2018, including three 400-yard total offense games, tying the Nebraska season and career record in that category. Martinez's completion, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25) totals were all Nebraska freshman records.
With Martinez leading the way, Nebraska averaged 456.2 yards per game in 2018, the program's highest total since 2012. The Husker offense totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez's 11 starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense. Martinez helped Nebraska gain at least 450 yards in seven consecutive games (Purdue-Illinois), the longest such streak in school history. In addition to leading all freshmen nationally in total offensive yards per game, Martinez was fourth among all freshmen in passing yards per game. Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second FBS true freshman in FBS history to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program. Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game since 1990, joining Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2012), Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel (2012) and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett (2014) as the only freshmen quarterbacks to reach those marks in the last decade. Martinez was also one of just four FBS quarterbacks - regardless of class - who averaged 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018.
Martinez dazzled in his debut before exiting the game in the fourth quarter with an injury. He set then-Nebraska true freshman records with 187 pasing yards and 304 yards of total offense against the Buffs, while becoming the first true freshman quarterback in Husker history to rush for 100 yards. Martinez completed 15-of-20 passes, including a 57-yard touchdown pass to JD Spielman. On the ground, he ran for 117 yards on 15 carries, scoring a pair of two touchdowns, including a 41-yard run which was the longest rush by a Husker quarterback since 2014. For his efforts, Martinez was named the national freshman of the week by Athlon Sports.
Martinez left the Colorado game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, and the injury kept him out of the Troy game. He returned to the field for his first road start at Michigan, but played only the first half and one snap in the second half. The next week against Purdue, Martinez played the first full game of his career and accumulated 323 passing yards and 414 yards of total offense. In addition to his first career 300-yard passing performance, Martinez ran for 91 yards en route to posting the 11th-highest individual total offense game in Nebraska history. The next week at No. 16 Wisconsin, Martinez was even better, throwing for a career-high 384 yards and adding 57 rushing yards while accounting for three total touchdowns. Martinez amassed 441 yards of total offense against the Badgers, posting the fourth-highest total in Nebraska history. He also joined Joe Ganz as the only Huskers who have ever posted back-to-back games with 400 yards of total offense. At Northwestern, Martinez tied his then-career high with 25 completions, completing 25-of-35 passes for 251 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 37 yards, accounting for 288 yards of total offense against the Wildcats.
Martinez topped 400 yards of total offense for the third time in four games while leading the Huskers to a win over Minnesota. He completed 25-of-29 passes for 276 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. His 86.2 percent completion rate was a Nebraska record for a quarterback who attempted at least 20 passes in a game. Martinez also rushed for a career-high 125 yards on 15 carries against the Gophers and scored one rushing touchdown to set a career high with four total touchdowns. Martinez helped Nebraska to 53 points and 659 yards of total offense against Minnesota. The 659 yards were the most Nebraska has ever gained in a Big Ten Conference game and marked the program's highes ttotal in any conference game since 2007. The 53 points were also the most points Nebraska had scored in a conference game since 2008 and marked the Huskers' highest point total in a Big Ten Conference game, although Martinez would lead Nebraska to a 54-point performance three weeks later against Illinois. For his efforts against Minnesota, Martinez was named the Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week. Martinez played only the first half the next week against Bethune-Cookman, leading the Huskers to 35 points and 364 yards of offense in the half. Martinez completed 15-of-22 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns, surpassing Taylor Martinez's freshman passing record (1,631) in the game.
At No. 8 Ohio State in the first game of November, Martinez accounted for 338 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. He completed 22-of-33 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown and added 72 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. For his efforts, Martinez was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. He was honored again the next week after leading Nebraska to more than 600 yards of offense and 54 points - the most points NU has ever scored in a Big Ten game - against Illinois. Martinez accounted for 345 yards of total offense against Illinois to tie the school record with his sixth 300-yard total offense game of the season. He completed 24-of-34 passes for 290 yards and a career-high-tying three touchdowns agains the Illini, while adding 55 rushing yards on 13 carries with one touchdown on the ground. Martinez then helped Nebraska to a victory over Michigan State in less-than-ideal weather conditions. He only totaled 163 yards of offense against the Spartans, but led the Huskers on three consecutive fourth-quarter scoring drives in the come-from-behind win. Martinez wrapped up his freshman season by helping Nebraska rally from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit at Iowa, although the Huskers' lost on a last-second field goal. Martinez completed a career-high 26 passes against the Hawkeyes, throwing for 260 yards and two touchdowns while adding 76 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground. He finished with 336 yards of total offense at Iowa, becoming the first Husker to have seven games with 300 or more yards of total offense in a season.
Before Nebraska (Clovis West HS)
Martinez committed to the Huskers shortly after the hiring of Head Coach Scott Frost. Martinez displayed his ability as both a passer and running threat for Coach George Petrissans at Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif.
Martinez missed his senior season because of an injury but shined during his junior year. Martinez completed 220 of 366 passes for 2,562 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior, with just four interceptions. On the ground, Martinez ran for 1,462 yards and 14 touchdowns, with an average of better than eight yards per carry. Martinez led Clovis West to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the Central Section CIF playoffs. Martinez also led the offense as a sophomore, throwing for better than 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also rushing for better than 900 yards.
Martinez was ranked as the No. 56 player in the ESPN300 and the site also listed him as the No. 4 pocket passer in the country and among the top 10 players in California. He was listed among the top 25 players in the state of California by Rivals.com and 247Sports. Both services also ranked him among the nation’s top 10 dual-threat quarterbacks, with Rivals ranking Martinez as the nation's No. 98 overall prospect and 247Sports listing him as the No. 142 overall prospect in the United State. He was also selected to participate in the 2018 Under Armour High School All-America Game. Martinez also played basketball at Clovis West. Martinez had dozens of scholarship offers and chose Nebraska over Tennessee. Martinez enrolled at Nebraska in January of 2018.
Adrian was born on Jan. 7, 2000. He is the son of Tony Martinez and Deanna Martinez and the stepson of Kristi Vincent. Adrian is majoring in business administration, and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the spring of 2018.