- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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Taylor Martinez's unorthodox throwing motion has generated some less-than flattering statements from college football analysts and fans. There have been a few shot-put jokes about the Nebraska quarterback on this blog.
But Martinez worked on his mechanics during the offseason, and so far, the results have been good. His preseason goal of 70 percent completions has been matched through the first four games (65 of 92, 70.7 percent). He has fired nine touchdown passes and only one interception. He leads the Big Ten and ranks 10th nationally in pass efficiency (180.9 rating).
Wisconsin defensive end David Gilbert evidently isn't impressed.
"It still looks like he's skipping rocks out there to me," Gilbert said. "But that's not my concern. That’s probably more a concern of the defensive backs. My concern is hitting him. I don't care what he throws like. I'm not trying to let him throw at all. He still can't throw. I'm just going to say it. He still can't throw. He's not going to beat us with his arm."
Tell us how you really feel, David.
Any chance Gilbert's comments get back to Martinez before Saturday night's game in Lincoln? Check.
Gilbert added he's "not convinced" about Martinez's turnaround, noting that the Huskers quarterback struggled in the team's lone loss to UCLA and has done well against weak competition, which is true.
He'll have a chance to back up his words Saturday night. Martinez will have a chance to shut him up.
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