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Heisman Trophy for Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez? He’s listed as one of the favorites

2017: Adrian Martinez talks about Nebraska football and coach Scott Frost

In a December 2017 interview with The Fresno Bee, Adrian Martinez talked about the tough choices he had to make between Nebraska and Tennessee. Here's what he had to say then about Nebraska and coach Scott Frost.
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In a December 2017 interview with The Fresno Bee, Adrian Martinez talked about the tough choices he had to make between Nebraska and Tennessee. Here's what he had to say then about Nebraska and coach Scott Frost.

Former Clovis West High star Adrian Martinez is looking to build off a strong freshman season at Nebraska.

Oddsmakers believe he can, making the sophomore quarterback one of the favorites to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook listed Martinez behind Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Trevor Lawrence of Clemson as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.

Martinez and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, is +600. What does that mean? It means a $100 bet would pay $600.

Favorite Tagovailoa is +250, followed by Lawrence at +300.

“It’s humbling,” Martinez told reporters Saturday in Lincoln. “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.”

Last season, the Cornhuskers finished 4-8, but Martinez ranked 12th nationally in total offense (295.1 yards per game) and led all freshmen in that category, while ranking fourth among freshmen in passing yards per game.

Martinez recently told The Bee, “I evolved as a player and as a person” during the 2018 season, Nebraska’s first under coach Scott Frost.

Now, the sophomore is expecting more. “My overall game needs to improve,” he said. “Certain decisions I made in key situations, I would love to take back. That happened in a few different games, and having that experience has allowed me to get better and better. Getting to look back on it, I can’t promise I won’t make a mistake, but I try not to make the same mistake twice.”

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Anthony Galaviz writes about sports for The Fresno Bee. He covers the Oakland Raiders, high schools, boxing, MMA and junior colleges. He’s been with The Bee since 1997 and attended Fresno City College before graduating from Fresno State with a major in journalism and a minor in criminology.


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