Cody Green Leading the Race for the Huskers' Backup Quarterback Spot

Bugeatersteve StuchlikCorrespondent IAugust 26, 2009

According to offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Shawn Watson, true freshman Cody Green from Dayton Texas has surged ahead of Latravis Washington in the battle for the backup quarterback behind Zac Lee.

"He's done a great job. He's really catching on," Watson said. "I'm really pleased with where he is at. Latravis is competing hard with him, trying to make up the ground he lost. We'll make some decisions by the end of the week."

Just think about it, a year ago at this time Cody was back here in Texas just 35 miles east of Houston preparing to lead the Dayton Broncos into their first game of the high school season. Now 4,800 yards and 60 plus touchdowns later Cody is in Lincoln battling to be the number two quarterback.

Watson went on to say that Green has not only impressed the staff with his leadership and maturity level, but he has also impressed his teammates as well.

“He’s really catching on…he’s just a mature guy. He gets it. He understands life a little bit and he understands football. Just a gift he has. He’s a natural leader and football comes natural.”

In other news, sophomore Marcus Mendoza, another Houston Texas recruit has moved back to I-back from wide receiver to help compensate for the dismissal of Q. Castille last week. Mendoza played running back in high school, but was moved to receiver last season because of all the depth.

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Mendoza had discussed the move with the coaching staff prior to the actual move on Saturday, and said that he actually feels that the I-back spot is a more natural feel to him. Between all the running backs competing for playing time behind Roy Helu, Marcus is the only one with previous playing time at the spot. He had a total of 15 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown last year in limited playing time at the running back spot.

Husker running back coach, Tim Beck is hoping to find another back, one who can be that “go to” back in short yardage and goal line situations by the end of this week. “I don't care how they do it,” Beck said. “They can go around them, through them, over them, they can go under them.”

Rex Burkhead, the freshman sensation from Plano Texas has been tabbed as the number two guy behind Roy Helu and Watson is hoping that converted wide out Marcus Mendoza will become the third option.

The fourth guy is still unknown, though. This list of candidates for the spot includes redshirt freshmen Lester Ward and Collins Okafor, true freshman Dontrayevous Robinson and sophomore walk-on Austin Jones. No matter who it is, someone has to emerge by the end of the week.

“I've got to get everybody in,” Beck said. “Obviously, you'd love to see more. I think those guys understand that when they get opportunities in practice, they've got to make the most of it.”

Well that is all I have for now folks. GBR, OUT!

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