Adrian Martinez: Kansas State QB not expected to throw till spring

Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Adrian Martinez will need a little more time to start throwing with his new team as the Nebraska Cornhuskers transfer recovers from a shoulder injury. Derek Young of Kansas State’s Rivals site reported Martinez is with the team and isn’t throwing yet but will in the spring.

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The report also mentioned Martinez will be on a similar trajectory as Skylar Thompson during the 2021 offseason. Thompson’s 2020 season ended in early October with a shoulder issue and returned earlier than expected for spring practice last offseason.

Martinez was a four-year starter at Nebraska but missed the regular season finale last season with an injury to his throwing shoulder and underwent surgery to repair it. He announced his commitment to Kansas State in December and will be the Wildcats’ Week 1 starter barring any setbacks.

Kansas State landed its replacement for Thompson, who is training for the NFL, with Martinez, who has a ton of college football experience. In 2021, he started 11 games and completed 61.8% of his passes for 2,863 yards with 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He led the team in rushing with 525 yards and rushing touchdowns with 13.

Elsewhere on the quarterback depth chart, Will Howard will likely be the backup after filling in for three starts in 2021 when Thompson went down with injury. Jaren Lewis saw limited time last season, and Jake Rubley was rated as high as 4 stars from the major recruiting sites in the class of 2021. Adryan Lara was the lone 2022 quarterback signee as a 3-star prospect.

Kansas State is heading into Year 4 with Chris Klieman in charge, and the Wildcats are coming off an 8-5 overall record last season including 4-5 in Big 12 play, capped off by a win over the LSU Tigers in the Texas Bowl.

Adrian Martinez was rated as a 4-star quarterback out of Clovis West High School in Fresno, California.

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