Gosh, I sure hope they spy on Martinez -- it would be very out-of-character for Parker to do that until after halftime, but by then the game might be out of reach! Would love to see Belton spy him every play, & blitz him periodically. Agree on Belton's impact on the Hawkeye D. During Illinois' opening 75 yd drive the Hawks had replaced the injured Koerner with #30 Schulte...with poor results. The next Illinois drive they took out #30 and replaced him with Belton, and the Illini offense struggled the rest of the game...until Schulte and other defensive reserves entered the game and Illinois marched down the field again.
Norm and Phil Parker usually do not alter their defenses very much and spy on one player like a running duel threat for much of a game. Maybe a play or two. This style does make us a little more prone to having some big QB runs against us.
But Campbell is already in a very good position at middle linebacker to be a spy and he might be as fast or faster than Martinez. One of the last editions of The Heartland had a bit on Campbell and his linebacker coach and maybe Parker mentioned that with Jack's skills they knew they had to have him in the center of the field on most plays because he can just zoom fast side to side. If he and the other lnbkrs are in zone most plays they will have their eyes on Martinez.
Speaking of a typical Campbell play, in the Minnesota game there was a key time when the goofs had that weird fair catch on a kickoff where it got spotted on the 3 yard line. And Minny called a long pass on first down to catch the hawks off guard. Jamari the D Back got sucked in on a double move and the ball was completed about 30 yards downfield. Well look at the replay and one of the first hawks to tackle that receiver way downfield was Jack Campbell. He has a super charged motor and as soon as that pass was in the air he had to turn and run to get there first. Amazing play as he just goes to the ball.