Shatel: Huskers to 'Go Green' for Backup QB Spot?

Jeff WilliamsAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2009

Tom Shatel says Patrick Witt’s departure might open the door for Cody Green to be the backup:

With Witt gone, Green has a chance to further benefit from graduating in December and starting his Husker career early. His former coach at Dayton (Texas) High, Jerry Stewart, said Green will "just do what he always does, just take it in stride."

"The biggest issue to him is to be accepted by his coaches and his teammates, " Stewart said. "Outside of that, he’ll let everything fall where it falls."

So far, Green’s personal accounts of the early transition to Lincoln have all been positive, Stewart said. Now Green could find himself working as the primary backup to Lee by the end of the spring, one injury from taking over the starting job.

Stewart said Green’s demeanor shouldn’t change, even if his chances to make an earlier contribution have improved — one of the factors that initially lured him to NU.

But don’t forget about Kody Spano

"Ever since the bowl game, he’s been eagerly awaiting to have a shot to compete for it," Kyle Spano said. "He was very eager about just being able to learn the system and being able to absorb as much of the situation.

"Kody is down to earth as anybody. He was in a very competitive situation in high school, replacing Jevan Snead (former Texas recruit now at Mississippi). Of course it’s two different atmospheres. But in my belief, I think he’s a kid who handles pressure well."

While Taylor Martinez is prepping to be a QB

Martinez has been throwing this winter and doing quarterback-specific workouts. Martinez will arrive in the summer.