Adrian Martinez Press Conference | Nebraska vs. Illinois | August 23, 2021

Adrian Martinez Press Conference | Nebraska vs. Illinois | August 23, 2021

we’ll finish up players with uh adrian and then we’ll be here around 12 30. i think ben said that like you wearing his hat a fan day like in that time he had like quite a few orders that came in so is this going to be the same thing for him yeah i mean i hope so you know i hope so i’m glad that he got to profit off it a little bit you know i enjoy the hat i enjoy the shirt and the stuff the guys are doing around the team so any chance i get to support him i’ll do that for you um you’re a captain um what has he meant you’re now the first three-time captain at nebraska what does it mean to be in this position and to have that home yeah well it’s uh it’s almost hard to believe you know in such a story program like nebraska and to be able to call myself the first three-time captain is pretty special and something i am very proud of um but my work’s not done there’s a lot to be done during the season and a lot i need to do as a captain um just incredibly proud and honored when you think about some of the just the slower starts to the season when akron gets cancelled ohio state last year how important is it to start strong and just to build some of that momentum going into the air yeah well you said it you know it’s incredibly important and uh especially because the years passed i think we um haven’t necessarily shot right out of the gates the way we needed to and that’s an emphasis for us we have to be ready to go uh first drive of the game first quarter and it’s it’s a big ten opponent so hey adrian how have you seen logan and heinrich and matt everybody in that room come along behind you to build up that yeah um i mean it really hasn’t just started uh it didn’t start during camp it started all the way back in spring those guys have attacked it and logan i mean i just i forget that he’s he’s still such a young guy he didn’t get a spring you know he came early and we only had two practices so this has been huge for him it’s been huge for uh heinrich and obviously massacre’s a veteran guy who’s been there and seen it and uh it’s been really fun to be a part of this group and i feel like they’re uh coming along the way we want them to what’s the biggest thing you’ve done since the spring you know that you’ve seen where you said okay he did make a move yeah well he’s just gotten a lot more reps you know he’s made a lot of improvements and i think that’s come with the reps starting to make quicker decisions and understanding the playbook is a process and it feels like he’s really getting a grip on that right now hey adrian are our nerves still a factor for you going into the opener of your age i’m not that old of a guy you know but yeah i mean i’m excited to play football you know and last year we were running out there and there was about 10 people up in the stands and this year it’s going to be full so anytime you get to i’m living out my dream you know plain and simple this is what i wanted to do when i was a kid i wanted to come to a big time school play big time football play in these type of atmospheres um and be the starting quarterback so yeah i got nerves i got the butterflies i’m pumped so part of that too uh knowing what you’re doing that type it it doesn’t go away you know you’re excited to be out there adrian is the captain what’s your theme or slogan this season for this team right now well it’s it’s hard to i don’t necessarily want to go with one slogan there’s been a couple things that that i’ve stuck to personally that i i will say i try and pass on to other guys and something i heard from coach rude and that’s stacking days it kind of goes with the day by day the the get better mantra but um it’s really stuck with me and i think it’s resonated with a lot of the other guys on the team and it’s just about coming out each day and focusing all right i’m gonna stack a day i’m going to get better i’m going to do something in some area on the field that’s going to make me a better player make us a better team is there is there a mindset shift going on offensively this month how do you mean exactly oh i mean we’ll look a little different without giving away game plan um i wouldn’t say a mindset change uh i’m really excited about the stuff we are doing though and yeah you know i’m i’m not going to give anything away so what advantage do you feel like abm is going to provide you and cam obviously you’re one of the first two clients yeah thanks for the question i’m i’m pumped about abm um i think it’s going to be huge for not only nebraska football but nebraska athletics and student athletes being able to maximize their potential and do everything they can to uh you know get everything out of their name image and likeness and i’m super fired up that a guy like jared lambrecht is the head of that company a guy who understands nebraska and who is super passionate about nebraska i think it has all the potential in the world to be something that will help nebraska athletics compete on a national landscape so they kind of represent you and maybe go out to the community and try to partner is that yeah i mean it’s uh it’s it’s a non-exclusive type of agreement um they’re not here to hinder us in in any way so for me personally if i wanted to do a deal through say open doors or another company i could do that but they are to help they’re here to help i obviously have a lot of responsibilities during the season i football school so i can’t really be negotiating my my deals all over all over town you know and i’m not the only one so it’ll help a lot of people that way figure what’s this stage mean to you guys to be the first real big game of the day in the end of the college football season in 2021 yeah i mean it’s it’s sweet i love that we have a week zero game i know the guys are pumped and even more it’s a big ten west opponent so everything’s on the line week one couldn’t be more excited about it did you not ask ethan about offensive identity maybe in the years past we didn’t know exactly what do you hope that in the year we say yeah nebraska’s offensive identity was they were smart disciplined adrian didn’t turn over the ball not even one time um and all in all seriousness though i i we’re going to be a hard-nosed team and i’m excited to get out there and prove that we’re going to be a team that’s disciplined that’s not going to shoot ourselves in the foot and do the things that we’re supposed to do and what coach wants us to do noise there’s stuff you can study from their film last year personnel wise or is that difficult since they have a new yeah it’s always pretty difficult i would say going into week zero week one with the team that hasn’t played a real game we’re not 100 sure what they’re going to show up in but yes there’s personal things you can evaluate and there’s also you know where that coach may have played or coached the previous season and mixing those two elements and formulating game plan from that how far is that you’ve got a young group of running backs or at least guys that haven’t played much here how far they’ve come since the the winter and what japanese expect i guess from that group when they sort of see them for the first time yeah yeah well i’m proud of that group they’ve really competed and um you know they’re going to see it a squad of guys that when they get their chance they’re going to be going 100 and we got a lot of guys in there that i think are going to do some really good things this year and we’ll see you know pump for them pump for those guys to prove uh themselves on the field because that’s what it’ll come down to i wanted to ask you about austin because he was named a captain for the first time and he kind of set that out as a goal for him even early in the off season just what have you seen out of him as a guy who’s risen up the depth chart to get to this point yeah well he’s he’s truly stepped into that role um i think he sort of started understanding uh it’s it’s a combination my coach always says leadership is performance performance as leadership and austin is one of the best players on this team and i think understanding that and understanding the influence he had on the team he really started developing that in the winter and the spring and then in the summer as well and in camp and really stepped to the plate else raider you have a pre-season feast with your coach does he does he usually do something like that right before the season make a meal yeah well covet season so i i’m not we haven’t done that um but we have plenty of good moments in the meeting room so all good all right thank you you
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Adrian Martinez Press Conference | Nebraska vs. Illinois | August 23, 2021

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