Taylor Martinez has hip pointer

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong has again moved into the No. 1 quarterback position at Nebraska after Taylor Martinez suffered a hip pointer in the Huskers' 34-23 loss Saturday at Minnesota, coach Bo Pelini said.

Martinez did not practice Sunday.

If the Huskers had played Monday, the coach said, Armstrong would have started, although Pelini has not made a determination for this weekend's game against Northwestern.

"I'm not going to sit here and play this game all year long," Pelini said. "Tommy was the starter [Sunday], and that's the way it's going to be until further notice."

Saturday marked Martinez's first action since Sept. 14, as Armstrong started three games while the senior rehabilitated a foot injury.

Asked the specifics of Martinez's injury on Monday, Pelini offered little information. The coach had described it as turf toe, a notion disputed Saturday by Martinez.

"I'm not a doctor," Pelini said. "It's something with his toes. I don't know the name for it."

Martinez struggled against the Gophers, completing 16 of 30 passes for 139 yards. He rushed for 16 yards, was sacked four times and committed two turnovers.

Pelini said he felt confident before the game in Martinez's ability to operate at a high level. The coach said he and Martinez communicated often last week.

"I don't know how he's feeling," Pelini said. "If he looks me in the eye and says, 'Yes, I'm ready to go,' then, I felt, at some point, we needed to give him the opportunity to get back out there and play.

"He didn't look like a guy that was gimping around out there. That wasn't our issue."