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Huskers Could Go With Tommy Armstrong at QB

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Updated: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:01:50 CST

After missing 3 straight games senior signal caller Taylor Martinez was back in the lineup and showing plenty of rust against the Gopher defense.

Once again, his status for Saturday's contest against Northwestern remains up in the air.

News 5's Will Sherratt has more.

"He's not going to play until he is 100%. That was the narrative pushed by Bo Pelini, when talking about his senior signal caller Taylor Martinez, and dealing with that turf toe injury ...or so we thought. Apparently, it never was turf toe. His injury, was to the second and third toes. Nonetheless, you can now add hip pointer to that, another injury sustained by Martinez on Saturday. He is so banged up he didn't even practice Sunday, and Bo Pelini says that if the game against Northwestern was today, Tommy Armstrong junior, would be under center."

"We communicated during the week and I looked him in the eye and I said, Taylor, are you ready, or can you perform everything we ask you to perform, up to the level we expect you to perform it. Meaning, I said it's OK to say no. But if he looks me in the eye and says, yes, I am ready to go, then at some point I felt we had to give him the opportunity to get back out there and play." said Husker coach Bo Pelini.

"I'm going to do my best to prepare the right way and if my number is called this week then I'm going to be prepared to answer." said quarterback Tommy Armstrong.

"He knows what he needs to do. He has said it before and whether he or Taylor plays, either way were are going to go out there and play the best game we can play."

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

"You can expect some personnel changes for the blackshirts this Saturday, with Michael Rose and Josh Banderas moving to the MIKE sopt, with David Santos, the former starter at that position, moving outside to the WILL spot. Northwestern comes into town. losers of four straight, still looking for their first win in Big Ten play. Covering the Huskers at memorial Stadium, Will Sherratt, News 5 Sports

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