It felt like 12 degrees in Memorial Stadium, but some of the Huskers were warming up shirtless

It felt like 12 degrees in Memorial Stadium, but some of the Huskers were warming up shirtless
The true freshman is already in good company in the eyes of his coaches. (BRENDAN SULLIVAN/THE WORLD-HERALD)

Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez, shirtless, threw passes to Husker receivers — also shirtless — 100 minutes before NU’s game against Illinois Saturday.

Martinez also had another accessory: A stocking cap.

After all, it felt like 12 degrees in Memorial Stadium according to the scoreboard.

As fans trickled into the stadium Saturday morning, most of them were heavily bundled up as the wind swirled around. According to the stadium scoreboard, the wind blew at just 4.5 miles per hour, but flapping flags indicated it was much stronger.

But the snow that accumulated on the field earlier this week had been entirely cleared off with the only remaining remnants in south stadium bleachers. And while students usually cluster into the stadium right away, there were just a handful standing above the Boneyard and Iron N signs in the student sections.

Mario Verduzco compares Adrian Martinez to Marcus Mariota in BTN feature

LINCOLN — It took three plays for Mario Verduzco to put his finger on it.

While looking at film of Adrian Martinez, there was a play in which the then sophomore scrambles out of the pocket, sets his feet, then throws a 25-yard touchdown pass with relative ease.

“I just had this notion in my mind that just reminded me of Marcus Mariota,” Verduzco said in a BTN feature released Saturday morning.

“He was the top quarterback on our board for that year,” head coach Scott Frost added. “So once we made the tough decision to move on and come to Lincoln he was my first call.”

Frost famously flew from Orlando to Fresno to meet with Martinez to seal the deal. Martinez ended up becoming the first true freshman to start at quarterback in game one in school history. He’s third in total offense per game this season in the Big Ten, with a freshman-record 2,402 passing yards and 480 rushing yards.

Here’s the rest of the BTN feature:

Illinois at Nebraska

When: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Memorial Stadium, Lincoln

Radio: 103.1 FM

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