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Taylor Martinez Quotes

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Monday, Nov. 26, 2012
Pre-Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship)

On playing the game inside
“Happy to be indoors, especially after the Iowa game. It’s supposed to be in the 70s and having no wind will be nice.”

On how the weather affected Friday’s game
“It affected the game a lot. It was miserable.”

Have you ever played in a game like that
“Never. I think I saw in the Daily Nebraskan that the mind was 26 mph.”

On how they will be able to feature the offense in a climate controlled stadium
“It should help us out tremendously. Hopefully we can go out there and run our offense.”

What do you remember about the first meeting with Wisconsin
“We started out really slow. It we go fast we should be fine.”

What affected the game the most on Friday
“We couldn’t really run our offense. We couldn’t pass the ball at all with the wind. “

Using the screens that they used against Minnesota
“It all depends on what Coach (Tim) Beck wants to do. With the wind, he wanted to run the ball.

What’s the attitude in the lockerroom
“We’re all really excited. We’ve been trying to reach this for a long time. This (winning a conference title) hasn’t been done since 1999, so we’re happy to have the chance to win one.”

Lessons from the 2010 Big 12 Championship game
“This time I’m healthy, which I’m happy about. We started out fast against Oklahoma and we need to do that again.”

On his mentality going into the game
“As a team, we feel great. I think we have a lot of confidence in ourselves. Our defense, offense and special are playing well. Our offense didn’t play well at Iowa, but I think we’ll be fine against Wisconsin.”

On Wisconsin’s linebackers
“They have some  of the top linebackers in the league. They have a great defense.”

What makes them good
“They’ve been there for a long time. They know how to get to, and attack the ball.”

On playing with a different center
“It isn’t a big deal because I get reps with all of them at practice. I have a good relationship with both Cole (Pensick) and Mark (Pelini).”

Is there more confidence against Wisconsin because they are 7-5
“Not really. They went into overtime their last few games. They are a really good team.

On playing at the Rose Bowl as being a native of California
“It means a lot, because we lost to UCLA at the Rose Bowl. I want to go back there and get a win.”

On any preference on who wins the Pac-12 Championship.
“That doesn’t matter to me. We need to beat Wisconsin.”

On his individual growth this year
“It’s been awesome. I think I’ve had a good year so far. We just need to keep it going and win the Big Ten Championship.”

Do you feel more comfortable with Rex Burkhead in the backfield on third down
“No, not really. They (our I-backs) are all good pass blockers.”

On his reps with the other centers
“At practice it’s probably 50 percent with Justin (Jackson) and 25 percent with each of the other guys. I work every day with Cole (Pensick) and Mark (Pelini).”


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