Was it a dirty play? Nebraska submits video of Martinez injury
LINCOLN — Upon further review, Nebraska isn’t so sure the play that caused Adrian Martinez’s knee injury was entirely clean.
Colorado was not penalized following the fourth-quarter play, a one-yard Martinez run to the right that was negated by holding. But video — the best available shot comes from KLKN in Lincoln — shows 230-pound CU linebacker Jacob Callier grabbing Martinez’s right shin and pushing his ankle into the turf as other defenders tackle him the opposite direction.
Nebraska coach Scott Frost said the Huskers have filed a complaint with the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences and will “see where it goes from there.”
“You never want to think anybody on a football field would intentionally try to hurt someone else, and nobody except someone that does that knows what the intentions were,” Frost said. “I will tell you we have an angle that doesn’t look very good.”
Frost alluded to the possibility of NU’s video eventually going public, saying “You guys will see the video, I’m sure, sooner or later.”
In a statement Monday, Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said: “I was made aware that Scott Frost and Nebraska submitted a play for review with the Pac-12 Conference office. Our athletic department officials have had discussions with the conference office; no one has been suspended and we are moving forward.”
A Colorado spokesman said the school’s athletic director had been told by the Pac-12 that there was “nothing illegal or inappropriate” about the hit on Martinez. The conference released a statement of its own Monday.
“We have received additional video of the play in question from Nebraska and have been in discussion with the Big Ten Conference,” the statement read. “The play is being assessed as part of our internal review process.”