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Wrapping up Wednesday's paper: Stopping Taylor Martinez with video of John Timu, Sean Parker

I got way behind today with rankings, more rankings and practice and never posted the link to my story from the paper, or links from the Pac 10.

Anyway here's my story about the Washington defense finding a way to stop Nebraska's spread option attack which is keyed by Taylor Martinez.

But the Martinez Washington will face Saturday will be more like the first game and not the bowl game.

“It feel great just to get back on the field and feel 100 percent and being able to do what I’m able to do,” Martinez said.

It means he’s back to being able to run at full speed. And his full speed is different than most people on the field. It is sprinter’s speed, where you don’t catch him from behind.

It’s a speed that can’t be simulated in practice with the scout team.

“He’s probably faster than anyone on our team,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We can’t. You just try to give them the idea of the types of plays they are running, and then make sure we talk about taking good angles.”

Because of Martinez’s speed, he is the focal point of the spread-option attack.

“Taylor Martinez is the key to what they’re doing, and that hasn’t changed,” Sarkisian said. “He’s fast and we need to contain him because if we don’t, he’s going to outrun us. It’s pretty simple.”Here's some video of linebacker of John Timu and strong safety Sean Parker after Tuesday's practice