Sep 21, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr throws against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football Roundtable: Who Should Nebraska Start at Quarterback Against the Illini?


The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the quarterback situation for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Senior quarterback Taylor Martinez is listed as questionable with a turf toe injury. True freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. started for the Cornhuskers two weeks ago against South Dakota State and looks to be the probable starter come Saturday.

Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

However, the guys discuss who they think the Huskers should start against their Illini on Saturday.

Austin: Taylor Martinez is the best option at quarterback for Nebraska. In the three games he has played this year, he has nine touchdowns to one interception. He is the senior leader on this team and coming in to Big Ten play, you want the best option for your program out on the field. Tommy Armstrong, Jr. has played well as a freshman in limited action, but you want to give him time to grow as a player before throwing him to the wolves in Big Ten play.

Ricky: Both quarterbacks would be a quality option for Bo Pelini’s Husker squad, but Tommy Armstrong Jr. might be the best option. To me, the Nebraska offense has not looked as good as they did in 2012 and it might be time for a change.

Martinez is a good quarterback. However, he doesn’t have the same pop to his game that he had in 2012. Martinez is both a runner and a thrower. Without one, Martinez will not be as effective as he can be. In the end, I’d go with Armstrong Jr.

Ryan: If Taylor Martinez isn’t healthy, and it doesn’t appear that he is healthy at this point considering he missed practice on the 2nd, the Huskers should turn to Tommy Armstrong just as they did against the SDSU Jackrabbits 2 weeks ago. Armstrong responded by going 12 for 15 for 169 yards and 1 TD. He also carried the ball 5 times for 38 yards. Despite doing this against an FCS school, I believe there is little doubt that he is a true dual threat QB, and his performance against SDSU has lit the Huskers fanbase on fire. Regardless of the Huskers decision, the fact remains that the Illini are going to have to prepare for a QB who can beat them both through the air as well as on the ground.

What do you think, Illini Nation? Who should the Huskers start against the Illini on Saturday?

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