No plans set for return of Martinez

November, 4, 2013
11/04/13
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lots of talk on Monday from Nebraska players and coach Bo Pelini about the Hail Mary pass the Huskers used on Saturday to defeat Northwestern, 27-24.

Quarterback Ron Kellogg III and receiver Jordan Westerkamp remained in the spotlight, answering questions from reporters. Kellogg, the former walk-on and fifth-year senior from Omaha, spent more than an hour in attendance at the Huskers' weekly press conference.

Of note, Pelini said he was reluctant to celebrate after Westerkamp's reception, as he heard officials call for a replay review of the play. Did Westerkamp catch the football? Was he in the end zone? Was Kellogg behind the line of scrimmage?

Pelini didn't know. His view from the sideline was blocked. The coach said his mind flashed to the 2009 Big 12 championship game, when Nebraska celebrated an apparent win over Texas as time expired. After a review, officials added time, allowing the Longhorns to kick a game-winning field goal.

"I was sitting there thinking, 'Oh, my goodness,' " Pelini said, "there's going to be a riot here if this thing gets called back."

Pelini also addressed the Huskers' injury situation. Quarterback Taylor Martinez remains out with a series of problems that now includes an abdominal strain related to the hip pointer he sustained Oct. 26 in Nebraska's loss at Minnesota.

Martinez also still is bothered by the foot and shoulder problems that caused him to miss three games in September and October. Pelini offered nothing on a plan for Martinez's return.

Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong is set to start his fifth game Saturday at Michigan.

Receivers Kenny Bell and Jamal Turner are questionable for the Michigan game. Guard Jake Cotton, after straining a knee ligament against Northwestern, is doubtful. The Huskers might consider options at guard that include reserve Ryne Reeves and tackles Brent Qvale or Andrew Rodriguez.

Tight end Jake Long, sidelined by a hamstring injury, should return to practice this week, Pelini said. His brother, All-Big Ten guard Spencer Long, is out for the year after undergoing knee surgery.

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