LINCOLN, Neb. – News and notes out Nebraska football practice on Tuesday:
• Quarterback Taylor Martinez missed practice because of a turf toe injury, wearing a boot on his left foot.
His status remains in doubt for the Huskers’ final nonconference game on Saturday against South Dakota State at Memorial Stadium. If Martinez is unable to play, senior Ron Kellogg III or redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong would start. If healthy, Martinez will play.
“But we’re going to make sure he’s 100 percent,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said.
Martinez was clearly bothered by the injury in the Huskers’ 41-21 loss to UCLA last week. He gained 29 yards on 10 rushing attempts but was sacked twice and finished with minus-13 rushing yards. The fifth-year senior out of Corona, Calif., has not missed a start since his freshman year. He is Nebraska’s all-time total offense leader.
“I trust Taylor,” offensive coordinator Tim Beck said. “We’re behind him, and he’s our quarterback. If he feels like he can’t (play) and he’s putting himself at risk, we’ve got a long season ahead of us and two guys who are battling their guts out right now. We’ll see what those guys can do.”
Armstrong has made great strides since mid-August, Beck said. Kellogg III has entered the Huskers’ Sept. 7 win over Southern Miss as Nebraska’s No. 2 QB.
“Each one of them bring something a little different,” Beck said. “Ronnie’s a calming influence. He’s smart. He’s a veteran. He knows the offense. He gets in good plays. Tommy brings a lot of energy, toughness to it. He runs the football maybe a little better than Ronnie does. They’re two different personalities.”
• Pelini said after practice on Tuesday that he had not spoken additionally with Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst about the coach’s 2011 comments disparaging of Nebraska fans on a secretly taped recording.
The audio was obtained Monday by Deadspin.com.
Pelini released a statement on Monday night and talked at length about the situation Tuesday morning on the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference.
He said he had learned of no potential discipline from the school over his words.
“I fully anticipate coaching this weekend,” he said. “You just proceed with the information you have. I’m the head football coach until somebody tells me different.”