Taylor Martinez says he's staying put

Taylor Martinez ended any notion that he won't be a Husker for the 2011 season.

"To dismiss any rumors on my thoughts of transferring I'd like to state that I am anxious to get back to Nebraska Sunday evening and look forward to getting healthy and getting my strength and speed back," Martinez said via his father, Casey Martinez, in an e-mail to ESPN.com. "I also look forward to using these past year's experiences and challenges to help me become a better all around person, football player and leader. I feel that with the players that we have coming back, along with the new talent that is coming into the Husker program that we will have great success for many years under coach [Bo] Pelini."

Rumors of an impending transfer for the Corona, Calif., native has persisted throughout his struggles over the second half of the season after he injured his ankle against Missouri and aggravated the injury against Texas A&M.

The redshirt freshman started 11 of 13 games for the Huskers, becoming the first freshman in Nebraska history to start the season opener in the process, and sounds anxious to end those rumors and move on to his sophomore season.