Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez was held out of drills Wednesday for the third straight day as the Huskers continued preparation for Saturday's home game against Troy.
Martinez, who suffered a right-knee injury last week against Colorado, walked past reporters following Wednesday's workout wearing a green practice jersey and no pads. He didn't have a noticeable limp. The rest of the squad worked in full pads.
Martinez has practiced on a limited basis without pads this week, Husker offensive coordinator Troy Walters said.
"He's progressing every day," the coach said. "He's out on the field progressing. He's meeting with coach 'V' (Mario Verduzco). He's making sure he learns the game plan. All the reps he's gotten in fall camp, that's been good. He knows what's going on. We'll just see how it goes tomorrow and the next day, and it'll be a game-day decision."
Could Martinez play against Troy without practicing in pads all week?
"We're going to do what gives us the best chance to be successful," Walters said. "It's hard for a quarterback not to do anything the whole week. We'll see what he can do tomorrow. We have a walk-through and then Friday we have a short practice. We'll see what he can do there and make a decision come game day."
If Martinez is unable to play, Nebraska would turn to Andrew Bunch, a sophomore walk-on who relieved Martinez against Colorado with 3:29 left in the game. Bunch told reporters Wednesday he's as ready as he can be, that he knows the entire offense and feels good about the game plan for Troy (1-1), which comes off a 59-7 win against Florida A&M a week after dropping a 56-20 decision against Boise State.i
Matt Masker, a freshman walk-on from Kearney Catholic, is No. 3 on the depth chart behind Martinez and Bunch. Walters said Masker is getting "plenty of reps this week." Coaches would tailor the game plan around his strengths if he were needed in a game, the coach said.
Masker took reps with mainly with the third and fourth strings during preseason camp.
"This is probably the first week he's gotten a lot of reps with the ones and twos," Walters said. "He's done a good job."
Is Nebraska preparing anyone else, behind Masker, as an emergency quarterback?
"If we get to option three, we'll have a plan," Walters said. "I'm not going to divulge that information right here. If that happens, we'll have to go out and execute and find a way to win."