In a very strange and still developing story, it is being reported that Nebraska quarterback Patrick Witt has left the team.
The Lincoln Journal Star citing an anonymous source from Scout.com says that Patrick asked for a release from his scholarship on Friday.
In a statement about this situation Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini said, "Patrick has decided it is in his best interest to continue his college career at another school. Patrick is a great kid from a great family and I appreciate the contributions he has made to our football program. I wish him nothing but the best and know he will be a success where ever he goes."
I wonder if he saw some writing on the wall and Zac Lee had really managed to close the gap, even more, that existed between Witt and Lee regarding knowledge and understanding of the Nebraska offense.
Lee did sit out 2007 due to a knee injury while Witt practiced with the team and learned Shawn Watsons offense in practice and in the film room.
Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson stated numerous times last year during Spring Ball and throughout the season that Zac Lee had really performed very well and the difference between the two was very very small, even though Witt was listed as the number two qb throughout 2008.
It is also pretty clear that of the current group of quarterbacks on the roster that Witt is the least mobile and the least likely to beat a defense with his feet.
This ability can't be underestimated and if Witt and Lee were equal in terms of knowledge of the Nebraska offense and performance in practice, I know which guy I want playing quarterback and I think I know who the coaches would also want running the offense.
Is still bizarre if you ask me, because Witt had a legitimate shot to be the starter.
Good Luck Patrick