Honors & Awards
» 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 400-Yard Total Offense Games (3 in 2018)
» Season 300-Yard Total Offense Games (6 in 2018)
Nebraska Season Records Watch (Entering the Michigan State Game on Nov. 17)
» Total Offensive Yards: 9th (2,747)
» Passing Yards: 9th (2,212)
True freshman Adrian Martinez, who was an early enrollee joining the Huskers in January, made school history by starting the season opener against Colorado. Martinez was the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener in Nebraska history, and he joined Taylor Martinez (Western Kentucky, 2010) as the only Husker freshmen quarterbacks - true or redshirt - to start the opening game of a season. Martinez also became just the third true freshman in Husker history to start at quarterback, joining Tommie Frazier (1992) and Cody Green (2009). Martinez has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times this season, the first quarterback to win the award three times since Ohio State's J.T. Barrett in 2014.
Nebraska's offense has totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez's first nine career starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense. Heading into the Michigan State game, Martinez has helped Nebraska gain at least 450 yards in seven consecutive gains, the longest such streak in school history. Martinez has led the way, as he has set Nebraska freshman season records for passing yards (2,212) and total offense (2,747) while rushing for 535 yards, the highest total by a true freshman quarterback at Nebraska. Along the way, Martinez has posted three games with more than 400 yards of total offense - tying the Husker career record - and he has posted three of the top 15 individual total offense games in school history.
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 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 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 touchdowns to set a career high with four total touchdowns. Martinez helped Nebraska to 53 points and 659 yards of total offense against Minnesota, both of which are the Huskers' highest totals ever in a Big Ten Conference game. The Huskers' point total was the most in any conference game since 2008, while the 659 total yards were the program's most in a conference game since 2007. 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 sixt 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.
Entering the Michigan State game, Martinez ranks second in the Big Ten and 14th nationally with an avaerage of 305.2 yards of total offense per game. That total ranks second nationally among all FBS freshmen, and Martinez's 245.8 passing yards per game rank third among all FBS freshmen. Martinez also ranks 17th nationally in completion percentage (66.9 percent) and 21st in points responsible for per game (15.1), and he is one of only four quarterbacks in the country averaging 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game.
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.