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Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez has surgery, will return for spring ball

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez, who struggled with injuries in the Cornhuskers' disappointing 5-7 season, had offseason surgery, but will be ready for spring practice, coach Scott Frost said Wednesday.

Frost was speaking at his news conference to announce Nebraska's recruiting class during national signing day, yet Martinez became a hot topic. Martinez missed losses to Minnesota and Indiana because of a knee injury, as the Cornhuskers finished one win shy of bowl eligibility.

"We had a lot of guys who had minor surgeries just to get things cleaned up. Had quite a few guys who were tough and playing through some things at the end of the year," he said. "There were a few guys, including Adrian, who had surgeries at the end of the year. We're expecting all of them to be back for spring ball."

Martinez, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound sophomore, threw for 1,956 yards and 10 touchdowns with nine interceptions. He was sacked 23 times, however, as the Cornhuskers struggled to protect up front, especially during Big Ten play.

Frost declined to address specifics of Martinez's surgery.

"All I'll tell you, is I think the kid is a trooper for battling through what he battled through this year. He's not alone. Several other things were gutting things out and fighting for the team," Frost said. "That's football. I've had seven surgeries as a football player. You come back better and healthier every time you get one. And I think a lot of those guys' play will improve when they're healthier."