Honors & Awards
Quarterback Taylor Martinez completed one of the most prolific careers in Nebraska football history in 2013. Martinez’s senior season was limited to just four games because of a foot injury, but he left the program as the holder of numerous school records.
Martinez started the first three games of 2013, including starting Nebraska’s season opener for the fourth consecutive season. However, foot and shoulder injuries sidelined him for three straight games, before he returned for Nebraska’s game at Minnesota. While Martinez played the entire game against the Gophers, he did not play in the final six games of the season.
The injury-plagued season stopped Martinez’s pursuit of several elite statistical milestones. However, Martinez had already cemented his place in the Nebraska record books before his injury. Martinez is Nebraska’s all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total offense and holds more than 20 school records. Martinez was in position to become just the second quarterback in FBS history to pass for 9,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards prior to his injury.
Martinez came into the season as a front-runner for conference and national honors after earning first-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior. He has started a Nebraska quarterback record 43 games in his Husker career.
The California native is among a group of 19 Husker seniors participating in the bowl game as a graduate. Martinez picked up his degree in ethnic studies in December.
In the passing game, Martinez threw for 2,089 yards for the sixth-highest single-season passing total in Nebraska history. His 874 rushing yards were the ninth-best single season in school history and his 67.2 rushing yards per game was ninth in the Big Ten and 10th nationally among quarterbacks.
Martinez shined in the opener against Chattanooga, accounting for 251 yards of total offense, including 135 rushing yards and rushing scores of 7, 43 and 47 yards. The game marked the fifth time in his career Martinez ran for at least three touchdowns. Martinez accounted for 385 yards of total offense against Fresno State, the second-highest total of his career and eighth on the NU single-game chart. His 219 passing yards was the second-best total of his career and he ran 15 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns. The game marked just the second 200+ passing, 100+ rushing effort in school history, with Martinez accounting for both of those efforts.
Martinez guided the offense to 51 points, 464 total yards and 309 rushing yards against Washington. He carried 17 times for 83 yards and a touchdown, while passing for for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Martinez closed non-conference play by passing for 157 yards at Wyoming.
Martinez had a career-high 20 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown at Wisconsin, and also threw for 176 yards, but did throw a career-high three interceptions. He rebounded with one of the best efforts of his career in a 34-27 comeback win over Ohio State. Martinez completed 16-of-22 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed 17 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. All three of the touchdowns he accounted for came in the second half as Nebraska rallied from a three-touchdown deficit for the win. Martinez earned Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors for his effort in leading the NU offense.
Martinzed accounted for 214 yards of total offense in an easy victory at Minnesota, then guided an efficient Nebraska attack in a 24-3 victory over ninth-ranked Michigan State in Lincoln. Martinez enjoyed his best passing game of the season in a losing effort against Northwestern. He completed 28-of-37 passes for a season-high 289 yards and two touchdowns, tying or setting season bests in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns. Martinez completed 12 consecutive passes at one point, three off the school record, and he also rushed 12 times for 53 yards.
Martinez guided the Huskers to a win at 12th-ranked Penn State by accounting for 199 yards of total offense against one of the nation's top defenses. He led Nebraska in rushing at Michigan with 49 yards, then guided NU to a victory over Iowa in the regular-season finale in Lincln. Despite injuring an ankle early in the contest, Martinez threw for 163 yards and a touchdown to lead NU to a 20-7 win. In the Capital One Bowl against South Carolina, Martinez threw for his 13th touchdown of the season in the first quarter, and rushed for 37 yards in the loss.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Martinez became the first-ever NU freshman to start a season opener at quarterback, and immediately showed his ability against Western Kentucky. He rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries, including a 46-yard TD on his first carry. His 127 yards represented the first 100-yard rushing day by a Husker QB since 2003, and his three TDs were the most by a NU freshman in a season opener. He also passed for 136 yards for 263 yards of total offense.
Before Nebraska (Centennial HS)
Centennial finished No. 2 nationally in the USA Today's final prep rankings. Martinez was named the Big VIII League's Most Valuable Player and also earned the Los Angeles Times' Glen Davis Player-of-the-Year Award. A first-team all-state selection, Martinez was the Inland Division Offensive Player of the Year, the Max Preps California Player of the Year and the Golden States Prep Southern California Offensive Player of the Year.
Martinez spent only one season at Centennial High School. As a junior, he quarterbacked San Bernadino Cajon High School and accounted for about 1,500 yards of total offense. He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Norco High, where he primarily played in the secondary. Martinez only visited Nebraska.
Martinez's Career Stats (Passing)
*Nebraska quarterback record