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2009 Oct 19

Pelini: Starting QB to Be "Gametime Decision"


By HuskerLocker

Nebraska's quarterback job is back up for grabs.

Head coach Bo Pelini said he wouldn't name a starter between junior Zac Lee and true freshman Cody Green until Saturday, when the Cornhuskers play Iowa State at 11:30 a.m.

“It'll be a gametime decision,” Pelini said. “Right now, nothing's changed. If and when it changes, we'll announce it.”

Asked specifically if the job is open, Pelini said, “it's always open. That's how we approach it.”

Green twice replaced Lee in NU's 31-10 loss to Texas Tech Saturday. Green's second stint in the game produced a 13-yard touchdown pass to Khiry Cooper. It also produced an interception.

“Cody did a couple good things,” Pelini said. “He didn't grade out exceptionally well. He was a young guy that went in there in a tough situation. He made a couple plays. He made some mistakes. He made a number of mistakes.”

Pelini said he's “not real big on rotating quarterbacks” but didn't rule out it as an option.

“It's hard to get a guy in a rhythm,” Pelini said. “But we'll see how it goes and how they practice and we'll go from there. There's a lot of variables. There's a lot of things that could happen. But it'd be hard for me to look into a crystal ball.”

NU, at 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12, will not be making wholesale schematic changes to the offense, Pelini said, although “you always look at personnel.”

“You've got to do what you do and do it better,” Pelini said. “You can't panic...we know how to address the situation and it's being addressed.”

Pelini said both defensive back Alfonzo Dennard and Chris Brooks are “day-to-day” and would be held out of Monday's practice.

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Tags: bo pelini, iowa state game, cody green, zac lee

Comments (2)

Profile image for 1BIGRED1

Start Cody, Jones and a Full Back (name not known) at the same time. One big simplified change. The I-Formation, if for nothing else more blocking protection for Cody (Qcool image. Surely Cody, Jones and Full Back ran similar running attacks in High School and three or four plays easy enough for them to remember? Now we are a three or four dementional offense and the three amigos (Cody, Helu and Mendoza) step up to the leadership plate (especially Cody) and make things go the Husker-Way! And yes the dreaded West Coast Offense stays as an added benefit (just simplify it!).

– Oct 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Profile image for jlileikis

Bring on Green!
He should start ISU and Baylor, so he's more comfortable for Oklahoma.

– Oct 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

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