The brother of former Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is leaving the Huskers after one year.
Drake Martinez, a freshman safety who likely would have contributed in 2014 as a backup, plans to transfer this offseason, his father, Casey Martinez, confirmed on Saturday.
The elder Martinez said by text message that his son “lost quite a bit of weight and strength” recently after battling health issues that caused him to miss part of spring practice.
Drake Martinez has recovered, according to Casey Martinez, though “he was pretty adamant about getting a fresh start in a new school."
“Not much a parent can do at that point,” Casey Martinez wrote.
Drake Martinez, listed at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds by Nebraska, starred at Laguna Beach (Calif.) High School, earning MVP honors of the Orange Coast League as a senior in 2012.
He possessed speed similar to his brother, Taylor, who started a school-record 43 games at quarterback from 2010 to 2013.
A foot injury limited Taylor Martinez to five starts in his senior year. Lingering problems caused him to fail a physical last month with the Philadelphia Eagles, who signed Martinez to a free-agent contract after the NFL draft.