Kody Spano: Nebraska's Bionic Man Quarterback

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IAugust 5, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 1:  Todd Peterson #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates a touchdown reception during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium January 1, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Let's turn the calendar back just a few short months.

Out of Lincoln came troubling news that a red shirt freshman quarterback had suffered a "serious knee injury."

Kody Spano, a red shirt from Plainview, TX would be "out indefinitely."


In order to conduct spring practice in the manner that they needed to, Nebraska coaches were forced to find some bodies to play quarterback.

Off the coaches went in their search, where they found former Ohio State quarterback recruit and current Nebraska linebacker LaTravis Washington. For fifteen spring practices, Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson force fed the offense to Washington.

A few weeks after starting to practice with the offense and learn the playbook, during the spring game of 2009, Washington showed off incredible arm strength, nice accuracy for that kind of velocity, and the ability to run. All in all, Washington shined brilliantly. 

They found quite a bit more than just a "body" to fill the depth chart and take practice repetitions.

Maybe, it's something about the number 15 jersey that Washington wears. Or the fact that Washington is from the same Florida town as that "other" number 15. 

Fate and karma.

Which brings us back to Spano and his knee. Anyone that hears "serious knee injury" and "out indefinitely" immediately thinks reconstructive surgery and out of action for an entire year.

Not only this, it seriously thinned the quarterback crew at Nebraska, and put heralded five star quarterback recruit Cody Green's presumed redshirt year in very serious jeopardy.

Fast forward to the present time and amazingly Bo Pelini stated this week that Kody Spano has fully recovered from the serious knee injury, and will be 100 percent going into fall practice. 

With Washington firmly a quarterback, the Nebraska quarterback depth chart appears safe and barring a series of seriously bad and unlucky circumstances Cody Green is very very unlikely to see action in the 2009 season.

The complete ramifications of Kody Spanos quick healing knee may not be felt totally until, say about 2012, 2013.