As Nebraska prepares for a new beginning in the Big Ten, there are plenty of changes being made to the football team. One of the largest changes is that Tim Beck is no longer coaching the running backs, but will now be running the entire offense. Which means that he's going to have to find a quarterback to run that offense.
For most of 2010, that was Taylor Martinez. Unfortunately, while Martinez had some transcendent games that quickly earned him the nickname of T-Magic, he also had to battle through his fair share of bad games and injuries. Plus, with a new offensive coordinator around, just because Martinez got the most playing time at quarterback last season, he isn't guaranteed of anything in 2011. According to Beck, Nebraska's quarterback competition is wide open.
“Obviously, with Taylor and Cody being veterans and having played in games and been around a little bit more, they're further advanced because of that. There's no question,” Beck told the Omaha-World Herald. “And that gives them an edge up. After three days, that's probably where we're at.”
Still, just because Martinez and Cody Green have an edge over the younger Kody Spano and Jamal Turner, that doesn't mean Spano and Turner don't have plenty of time to make an impression. As Beck made clear later, he's going into this job with a clean slate.
“I don’t want any preconceived ideas. I want to make my own evaluations on them based on what I need them to do. So that’s what we’ve been doing.”
In other words, while Martinez's experience gives him an edge at the start, and may get him more reps early, unless he takes advantage of them, he could easily begin losing them to Green or the others.