When talking about Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez, it's hard not to use superlatives. The Huskers' signal caller had himself a heck of a 2018 season. His statistics last year and the departure of Dwayne Haskins to the NFL already has him poised to be the top quarterback in the Big Ten. On Wednesday morning (February 27), at least one sportsbook made it clear it believes Martinez has a legitimate chance to win the Heisman trophy in 2019.

Adrian Martinez raising eyebrows

Competing for the Heisman on a team that was 4-8 last year might seem like a tall order, but the Huskers' quarterback is just that good.

According to Sportsbook USA, Martinez is tied for the third best chance to win the award, which is handed to the best overall player in college football. Should he somehow manage to take that home, it would be the first time a sophomore ever won the award for the Nebraska football team.

Even better than the individual award is that Adrian Martinez taking home the trophy would mean the Huskers have improved quite a bit from that 4-8 record.

The odds that Martinez will win that award have been officially set at 6-1 by Sportsbook USA. When you look at the names on the list both ahead of him, and behind him, Cornhusker fans start to realize just how good the rest of the country thinks this kid is.

To the surprise of almost no one, Tua Tagovailoa is the leader of the pack, coming in with 5-2 odds.

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, arguably the only true freshman quarterback who had a better rookie season than Martinez, is second with 3-1 odds. Martinez, under center for the second year in a row, is tied for third with two quarterbacks who will be playing for brand new teams in 2019.

Nebraska football fans need to mark their calendars

Jalen Hurts has landed with the Oklahoma Sooners, and after seeing what Kyler Murray did in his only year as the starting quarterback, it's not hard to see why Hurts is getting good odds to win the Heisman. Justin Fields has left Georgia and is set to start for the Ohio State Buckeyes under new head coach Ryan Day.

Keep an eye on September 28. That's the date when Adrian Martinez will go head-to-head with Justin Fields. It now appears there will be more at stake for the Nebraska football and Ohio State teams than contending for the Big Ten title game. That could be a shootout between two of the leading candidates to win the Heisman. As some Husker fans have pointed out, even if Martinez doesn't win the award next year, the odds and the attention being paid to him show the Cornhuskers are back in the national conversation, for positive reasons.