By TOM LEA
MADISON – Junior defensive end David Gilbert certainly feels one way about Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez, but it’s not necessarily representative of the way the rest of the Badgers coaches and players feel about the Huskers signal caller.
Here’s a sampling of thoughts throughout Badger camp this week, leading into UW’s much-anticipated game at No. 22 Nebraska.
-- “He’s really improved as a quarterback. Whoever coached him and whatever work he got done ever there at Nebraska, I commend him. His throwing motion is better, is accuracy is better, his confidence is higher and you can see it on the tape.” - - Charlie Partridge, co-defensive coordinator
-- “You can see that he’s changed his mechanics a little bit. He seems more confident and they seem to be more confident in him and the way he’s doing things. He definitely is improved as a passer. As far as his statistics for passing they utilize the deep ball off run action. We’ve got to eliminate big plays. I think he may stay in there a little bit longer and go through his progressions more than he used to.” - - Chris Borland, junior middle linebacker
-- “He’s trying to stay in the pocket a little bit more and he’s trusting his arm a little bit more and trying to get the ball down the field. He’s really looking for his receivers, which is a lot different than last year. At the end of the day we can’t compare any different because we know the guy has legs. The guy can run. He can flat out run. We’re going to keep both those things in mind. We’re going to play the pass to the best of our ability. We’re going to try to keep him in the pocket and not let him get out and improvise. He’s really good at those things.” - - Dezmen Southward, junior free safety
-- “Martinez has always been an exciting player. Last year’s prep, when we’re getting ready for them, of all the games we watched from the year prior, it was a new prep for us. We hadn’t played them. I knew he who he was I knew he was a good player. This year’s film and all the games they played after our game, you saw them getting better and there’s been a spiked improvement this year. Just the numbers he’s purely put out there, the production.” - - Bret Bielema, head coach
-- “In the spread game they’re pretty set on what they do. I don’t know how much they read defenses as much as they read a single player and a coverage. You’ve just got to be on your P’s and Q’s in coverage and as an individual rather than disguising things as an entire defense.” - -Borland, junior middle linebacker
-- “I said it in our presser on Monday and a defensive lineman (Gilbert) maybe doesn’t see the things we’ve seen and the growth of that kid (Martinez). I think Taylor Martinez is a Heisman type guy with the numbers he’s having if they continue to put those things up there. He’s made tremendous strides.” - - Bielema, post Gilbert comments
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