Huskers need Martinez sharp as passer and runner



LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez has worked to improve as a passer. The 17th-ranked Cornhuskers also need him to be effective running the ball again.

Second-year offensive coordinator Tim Beck is planning a more balanced scheme for a team that ran two-thirds of the time. But Beck knows how dangerous Martinez can be if he’s running well.

The junior is 17-8 as the starter, including 8-0 when he rushes for 100 yards. The Huskers are 4-6 when he’s held under 50.

Martinez averaged 97 yards rushing as the Huskers started 5-1 last season. He ran for 41 yards a game during a 4-3 finish.

Nagging injuries have limited Martinez since the second half of the 2010 season. He says he’s 100 percent now.