Scott Frost is happy with the progress Adrian Martinez is making in recovering from a right knee injury. But the Nebraska head coach still isn’t sure whether his freshman quarterback will be ready to play by 11 a.m. Saturday against Troy.
“He’s looked really good, getting better,” Frost said Thursday. “I don’t know if it’ll be this week, I don’t know if it’ll be next week. He might look great tomorrow and be ready to go. He might not look great a week from Friday.
“I feel really good about where he is right now considering how bad the play looked, but it’s just day to day.”
Martinez did not practice in pads earlier this week and the Huskers have only walk-through style practices on Thursday and Friday. That means the staff won’t have a chance to see the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder at full speed in a practice setting.
As such, part of the decision-making process will be pregame warmups before NU kicks off against Troy at 11 a.m.
“It might be two minutes before kickoff,” Frost said of the timeline. “He’s going to be out there warming up.”
The bottom line will be whether Nebraska personnel decides if Martinez is at risk of re-injuring or aggravating his right knee. That is a risk the Huskers will not tolerate with their promising freshman signal-caller.
“It’s strictly physical,” Frost said. “We’ve got to make sure that he can run all the things that we want to run, that he’s healthy enough that he’s able to avoid and protect himself and the biggest thing is we have to make sure he’s healthy enough that there’s no added risk for further injury.”
If Martinez is unable to play, Frost said sophomore walk-on Andrew Bunch has done nothing but impress all week.
“When he was getting reps with the other two guys in camp, he was right in the mix with those guys,” Frost said. “It’s a shame we weren’t able to get him more reps through the end of camp and everything, but with added reps this week, he was reminding me of why he was at least in the conversation at the beginning of camp and through spring ball.”