Huskers need Martinez sharp as passer and runner

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 19, 2012
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.
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