It would be nearly impossible for this offseason’s Heisman Trophy hype to miss Adrian Martinez completely.
Of course the Fresno, California, native and sophomore Nebraska quarterback has heard his name mentioned on shortlists and by oddsmakers as among the country's top candidates for the upcoming fall.
“It’s humbling,” Martinez said Tuesday. “Obviously, it’s an award that you grow up knowing about. At the end of the day, that is not my primary focus. My primary focus is getting better each day and helping this team win more games, that’s what matters. Everything else will take care of itself.”
Martinez finished his freshman season with more than 3,200 yards of offense and 25 total touchdowns and finished 12th in the country at 295 offensive yards per game.
Quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco thinks the world of his pupil, but also reiterated his view on what is important for Martinez's mentality as he becomes more and more visible nationally.
“I think when quarterbacks have this misapprehension in their head that from a functional standpoint they’re the most important position, that’s when they get in trouble,” Verduzco said. “Obviously, with regards to responsibility, the position holds as much if not more than anybody on the team.
“To keep him grounded from that standpoint, just do your job and don’t worry about anything else that happens. Just do your job so at the very least you can give our team a chance to win a game.”