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Only a couple of years ago, Cody Green was considered one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. After being benched during the Cornhuskers’ narrow defeat of Iowa State, one has to wonder what’s next for the well-mannered Texan.
Green is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. He’s polite, he smiles on or off camera and he truly seems to have fun playing the game of football. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Green is cut out for quarterback—not in Nebraska’s system, at least and maybe not for any major FBS school.
Cody’s throws are inconsistent and his running needs to shift through too many gears unlike fellow Nebraska signal-caller Taylor Martinez. Senior Zac Lee may not have the speed of Martinez, but his passes are crisp and accurate. Green was put in at some very unenviable points in the game last year as a true freshman when Zac Lee struggled. On Saturday, he was given the start against Iowa State.
Head coach Bo Pelini could be seen talking to him before Nebraska took the field. No doubt it was an attempt at reassurance. Sadly, for Cody, the result speaks for itself. What’s next for Cody Green?
He seems like a true team player, so would he consider a change to another position such as the wide receiver position that he was placed in as a decoy versus the Cyclones? He’s got quite a bit of size at 6’4” and 225 pounds. Perhaps he could be utilized in Nebraska’s “adjuster” role a la Mike McNeill this year who couldn’t quite find a home between wide receiver and tight end.
Naturally, the idea of a transfer is on the table. The Cornhuskers have several talented quarterbacks behind Green, both in the system and coming in via recruiting should the current recruiting hold together. Freshman Brion Carnes along with recruits Jamal Turner and Bubba Starling all posses the traits that offensive coordinator Shawn Watson wants in the “T-Magic Mold.”
Could Green leave his friendships in Lincoln to be the big fish in a small pond elsewhere? Fans of the sport often can't truly grasp just how much of a team player some young men can be under emotional circumstances.
If needed, Green may stick around until the spring of 2011 to see how Carnes does. Turner might need time to develop, and Starling may not even make it to Nebraska if he’s picked high enough in the Major League Baseball draft. Sometimes a quarterback who simply knows the system is needed, and Green does at the very least.
Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu, Jr. operated well out of the Wildcat formation versus the Iowa State Cyclones, but not every team that Nebraska will face has a poor enough defense to allow that. Taylor Martinez is still healing, and his status is unknown for next week’s game versus Kansas. That game should be a likely second start this season for Green if Martinez is not able to go, assuming Zac Lee can't play again due to injury.
For better or for worse, Cody Green’s status as a Nebraska Cornhusker following 2010 appears to be in limbo.
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