Honors & Awards
» Freshman All-American (2018, Football Writers Association of America)
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2018, Coaches & Media)
» NU Offensive Back of the Year (2018)
» Three-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Oct. 22, 2018; Nov. 5, 2018; Nov. 12, 2018)
» College Football Performance Awards Co-National Performer of the Week (Oct. 22, 2018)
» National Freshman of the Week (Athlon Sports, Sept. 10, 2018)
» Nebraska Outstanding Male Newcomer (All Sports, 2018-19)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018; Spring 2018, 2019)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
» Career 400-Yard Total Offense Games (3)
» Season Total Offensive Yards Per Game (295.1 in 2018)
» Season 400-Yard Total Offense Games (3 in 2018)
» Season 300-Yard Total Offense Games (7 in 2018)
» Game Completion Percentage [min. 20 att.] (86.2 vs. Minnesota in 2018)
» Freshman Completions (224 in 2018)
» Freshman Completion Percentage (64.6% in 2018)
» Freshman Passing Yards (2,617 in 2018)
» Freshman Total Offensive Yards (3,246)
» Freshman Passing Touchdowns (17)
» Freshman Total Touchdowns (25)
2019 Season Outlook
Adrian Martinez is set for his sophomore year at Nebraska after posting the most prolific season for a Husker freshman quarterback in 2018. The 6-2, 225-pound Martinez proved to be the perfect fit to operate Nebraska’s fast-paced offense, using his skills as a passer and runner to present challenges for opposing defenses.
Martinez won the starting quarterback job in fall camp and became the first true freshman quarterback in school history to start the season opener. The California native went on to break nearly every Nebraska freshman passing and total offense records en route to being named a freshman All-American and honorable-mention All-Big Ten quarterback. Martinez also set a school record for any player by averaging better than 295 yards of total offense per game.
Beyond his statistical accomplishments, Martinez quickly established himself as a team leader despite his youth. Nebraska coaches routinely noted Martinez’s football intelligence and his natural leadership qualities. Those qualities have carried over to the classroom, where Martinez has made the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in each of his first three semesters.
Martinez made 11 starts during a record-breaking freshman season. He made school history by starting the season opener against Colorado, becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener in Nebraska history and just the second freshman quarterback - true or redshirt - to start a season opener. Martinez was just the third true freshman in Husker history to start at quarterback, joining Tommie Frazier (7 starts in 1992) and Cody Green (2 starts in 2009).
Martinez was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times in 2018, the first quarterback to win the award three times since Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett in 2014. Martinez was also recognized as an honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection and a freshman All-American.
Martinez rewrote Nebraska’s freshman record book in 2018, and he also left his mark on the Huskers’ overall season charts, including averaging a school-record 295.1 yards of total offense per game. Martinez ranked 12th nationally in total offense per game in 2018 and was first among freshmen. Martinez’s average of 295.1 yards of total offense per game was the ninth-highest mark by a freshman in NCAA history and the third-best mark by a true freshman.
Martinez completed 64.6 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,617 yards, ranking second in school history in completion percentage, sixth in completions (224), eighth in passing yards and 10th in passing touchdowns (17). Martinez also rushed for 629 yards, the fourth-highest rushing total of any true freshman in school history. His dual-threat ability helped Martinez account for 3,246 yards of total offense, which was the fifth-highest total in Nebraska history. He had a school-record seven 300-yard total offense games, including three 400-yard total offense games, tying the Nebraska season and career records in that category.
Martinez set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25), and he was fourth nationally among all freshmen in passing yards per game. Martinez averaged 237.9 passing yards per game and 57.2 rushing yards per game in 2018, becoming just the second true freshman in FBS history to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game and the first to hit those averages as a Power Five program. Overall, Martinez was just the sixth freshman - true or redshirt - to average 200 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game. He was also one of just four FBS quarterbacks - regardless of class - who averaged 225 passing yards and 50 rushing yards per game in 2018.
With Martinez leading the way, Nebraska averaged 456.2 yards per game in 2018, the program’s highest total since 2012. The Husker offense totaled more than 500 yards of offense in five of Martinez’s 11 starts, including four games with more than 560 yards of offense. Martinez helped Nebraska gain at least 450 yards in seven consecutive games the longest such streak in school history.
Martinez dazzled in his career debut against Colorado before exiting the game in the fourth quarter with an injury. He set then-Nebraska true freshman records with 187 passing 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. For his efforts, Martinez was named the national freshman of the week by Athlon Sports.
Martinez played the first full game of his career against Purdue and accumulated 323 passing yards and 414 yards of total offense, 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 amassing a career-high 441 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest total in school history.
Martinez topped 400 yards of total offense for the third time in four games while leading the Huskers to a win over Minnesota. He completed 25-of-29 passes for 276 yards, with his 86.2 percent completion rate setting a Nebraska record for a quarterback who attempted at least 20 passes in a game. Martinez also rushed for a career-high 125 yards against the Gophers. For his efforts against Minnesota, Martinez was named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week.
At No. 8 Ohio State, Martinez accounted for 338 yards of total offense and three touchdowns en route to being named the Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. He was honored again the next week after leading Nebraska to more than 600 yards of offense and 54 points - the most points NU has ever scored in a Big Ten game - against Illinois. Martinez accounted for 345 yards of total offense against Illinois. He wrapped up his freshman season by helping Nebraska rally from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit at Iowa, although the Huskers lost on a last-second field goal. Martinez completed a career-high 26 passes against the Hawkeyes. He finished with 336 yards of total offense at Iowa, becoming the first Husker to have seven games with 300 or more yards of total offense in a season.
Before Nebraska (Clovis West HS)
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, completing 220-of-366 passes for 2,562 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just four interceptions. On the ground, Martinez ran for 1,462 yards and 14 touchdowns. Martinez also led the offense as a sophomore, throwing for better than 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns, while also rushing for more than 900 yards.
Martinez was ranked as the No. 56 player in the ESPN300 and was the No. 4 pocket passer. Rivals and 247Sports both 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. Martinez was also selected to participate in the 2018 Under Armour High School All-America Game. He had dozens of scholarship offers and chose Nebraska over Tennessee.
Adrian was born on Jan. 7, 2000. He is the son of Tony Martinez and Deanna Martinez and the stepson of Kristi Vincent. Martinez is majoring in business administration. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Shop with a Jock, Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.