Honors & Awards
» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (10-22-18)
» College Football Performance Awards Co-National Performer of the Week (10-22-18)
» National Freshman of the Week (Athlon Sports, 9-10-18)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2018)
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). Nebraska's offense has totaled more than 500 yards of offense in three of Martinez's first five career starts.
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.
Entering the Minnesota game, Martinez ranks second in the Big Ten and 19th nationally with an avaerage of 291.4 yards of total offense per game. That total ranks second nationally among all FBS freshmen, and Martinez's 233.4 passing yards per game rank third among all FBS freshmen. Martinez and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray are the only 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.