Official Husker Locker Blog
2011 May 29
NEBRASKA FOOTBALL: Cody Green's Departure Speaks Volumes
This past week hasn’t been a kind one for Nebraska’s quarterback depth. As ESPN’s Joe Schad tweeted on Saturday, Cody Green is seeking his release from the Cornhuskers’ program and is looking to go elsewhere. Kody Spano announced his retirement from competition earlier in the week via Twitter. While Green’s departure doesn’t help Nebraska in terms of bodies at the position, could it be a telltale sign of what’s happening amongst the signal-callers?
Taylor Martinez will get every opportunity to hang onto the starting role this fall, but he’s going to have to fend off competition from several potential usurpers. Brion Carnes’ name has been on everyone’s lips following his impressive performance last spring. Ron Kellogg also performed well and highly-touted recruit Bubba Starling will be in Lincoln come the second session of summer classes.
Assuming Starling remained on campus following the 2011 MLB Draft, Green would’ve been competing against four other very capable albeit young quarterbacks for playing time. Due to Green’s size, some fans speculated on a potential move to tight end early in his career when he struggled. He seems determined to remain a quarterback, however. His request for a release indicates that the chances of him getting much playing time in Tim Beck’s new offense were slim.
Where will Cody go? It’s probable that Green finds himself back in his home state of Texas as playing in the Big 12 afforded him the luxury of being close to family at least a couple of times per year. With the move to the Big Ten, obviously those options were cut significantly. If Green is looking to play right away, a drop to the FCS would be ideal.
Texas State and UT-San Antonio are two interesting options due to the schools joining the WAC following Boise State’s departure. If Green wanted the opportunity to sit out a year to hone his craft, a transfer to North Texas or Rice would be right up his alley.
Regardless of where he goes, Nebraska is now faced with the task of not only working with a very young batch of quarterbacks, but the necessity to snag at least one in the current recruiting cycle just went through the roof. Offers have been extended to four currently eligible prospects including two very highly-recruited ones: Petal, Mississippi’s Anthony Alford and Hueytown, Alabama’s Jameis Winston.
Should Bubba stay in Lincoln then this situation becomes more managable. If the season began today, Martinez and Carnes would likely split time with the first string. Kellogg and Starling would probably split time with the second unit.
Bottom line: Nebraska’s quarterback situation isn't great, but the problem can be tackled. While no team wants to go into the season with unproven guys under center in a brand new offense, the Cornhuskers’ non-conference schedule is light and much of the Big Ten is either rebuilding or in shambles (See: Ohio State, The or Iowa). Talent may also be able to help mask some inexperience. Luck has always been part of the equation when it comes to success in college football. Big Red quarterbacks may want to grab a large handful out of the old horseshoe on their way out of the tunnel this fall.
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