Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Illinois with a turf toe injury. This will be the second straight game Martinez will miss due to injury, as he did not play in the Cornhuskers’ win over South Dakota State.
Freshman Tommy Armstrong will start in place of Martinez, and he held up well against South Dakota State, completing 12 of 15 passes for 169 yards and one score. Armstrong also added 38 rushing yards on five attempts.
If Armstrong struggles, Ron Kellogg III will get the call off the bench.
Although Martinez will be missed, Nebraska has a strong supporting cast to ease Armstrong’s transition into the starting lineup.
Also, this experience should serve Armstrong well this offseason, as he is expected to be Nebraska’s No. 1 quarterback in 2014.