Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 12:34 am
FOOTBALL
Notes: Martinez ready to get back to work

Taylor Martinez said after the Capital One Bowl that he'll be ready to go back to work before his senior season.

Martinez already has started 39 career games at quarterback and owns a number of school records. It's likely that he will add a few more if he stays healthy in 2013.

Where can he get better? What will he focus on starting with winter conditioning?

“Just keep working on film study and my footwork, and just everything,” Martinez said. “Pretty much just all-around stuff. And just keep learning the offense and studying defensive schemes. Just little stuff like that.”

Martinez also doesn't believe he's hit any kind of ceiling after three years as a starter and now two seasons in offensive coordinator Tim Beck's system.

“I can get a lot better,” he said. “Nobody's going to ever be perfect.”

Blocked punt remains a source of confusion

Senior Ben Cotton, who sets the Huskers' punt block protection schemes before the snap, still wasn't quite sure what happened on NU's first punt of the game.

Georgia's Shawn Williams came free and blocked punter Brett Maher's kick. The football rolled out of the back of the end zone for a safety, putting the Bulldogs up 2-0 about five minutes into the game.

After the play, Cotton spent several minutes on the sideline talking with long snapper P.J. Mangieri and freshman Andy Janovich. He tried to sort out what happened with coach Bo Pelini and graduate assistant Vince Marrow, too.

“I saw a look that we've seen in practice before,” Cotton said after the game. “We'll have to look at the film. I don't even know which guy got through, or where.”

The Bulldogs never showed that same formation on a punt again in Tuesday's game, Cotton said.

It was the first blocked punt by an NU opponent since the Michigan game last year.

Evans' rough day not indicative of year

The Capital One Bowl was a frustrating afternoon for the defensive back who had been arguably Nebraska's most consistently productive defender this year.

Junior Ciante Evans lost several one-on-one battles against the Georgia receivers Tuesday, most notably giving up a 49-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter that allowed the Bulldogs to tie the game at 31.

The only thing Evans can do now is try to learn from it, according to secondary coach Terry Joseph.

“It happens to the best players,” Joseph said. “You can't let a game affect the season he had.”

Joseph added that Evans played a good amount of his snaps Tuesday at the true cornerback position. Evans is still learning as a corner, Joseph said. Evans most regularly saw action at nickel this year.

Evans was also called for two pass interference penalties in the first quarter — the second was declined because Justin Scott-Wesley hauled in the 24-yard pass.

“Part of his improvement all year has been confidence,” Joseph said. “He might have lost a little bit of confidence (Tuesday).”

Ex-Husker headed to Arizona junior college

Former Nebraska defensive tackle Todd Peat, who left the Huskers last month, is reportedly headed to Glendale (Ariz.) Community College. Peat is from Tempe, Ariz.

Jason Jewell, the southwest recruiting analyst for Scout.com, recently announced the Peat decision on Twitter.

Peat was one of the Huskers' top signees in their 2011 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder redshirted his first year after undergoing back surgery and played little this season.

— Rich Kaipust and Jon Nyatawa

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