I want to start off by saying that Zac Lee is not the only problem this offense has, but I will get to that in a bit.
The fact still remains however that the offense starts with the quarterback, and Zac Lee hasn't shown signs of being what he was hyped up to be in the preseason: A more athletic Joe Ganz with a more powerful arm.
He does have a stronger arm, there is no doubt about that, but he routinely refuses to run the football. His longest rush is 17 yards, and there are numerous times when he moves out of the pocket, with 10 yards of green space in front of him, and yet he continues to look for an open receiver and tries to force it into coverage instead of taking the sure yards.
Don't they teach you to try and take what the defense gives you?
My biggest issue with Lee is his hesitancy in the passing game. Especially obvious in the Texas Tech game is that Lee is either terribly slow in reading coverages, or he is rarely sure of where he wants to go with the football, and this is why I believe Cody Green is the way to go this Saturday.
Green will make mistakes. This is a given. He's a freshman, and if he starts it will be his first extended collegiate action. But what Green lacks in inexperience, he makes up for in poise and confidence.
He is still having trouble reading some coverages (see the final drive against TTU when he threw not one, but two passes straight to the safety, the second which was picked off) and he still makes all of his throws as hard as he can, but what I love about him is that he makes decisions quickly, and sticks with them.
He consistently steps up in the pocket and zings the football to where he wants it, which is a welcome relief from an indecisive Zac Lee, especially when our offensive line is not playing very well. We need someone to make decisions quickly and I feel that Cody Green will more than make due if he were to start.
Yes, he is a freshman, but the sky is the limit for thing young man, and I say give him the reins. Will there be growing pains? Absolutely, especially because the rest of the offense is sputtering, which leads me too....