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July 18, 2011

Green down to Tulsa and Baylor

As we first reported in early June, former Nebraska quarterback Cody Green has Tulsa high on his list of possible transfer destinations. Now it appears that he is close to a decision after considering a large number of schools, including Kansas State, USC, Texas A&M and Houston.

The Golden Hurricane has remained a constant in Green's search for a new school, and as we've reported over the past few weeks, sources close to the situation have labeled TU as the likely leader.

While Green has kept the situation fairly low key, he recently spoke to KRIV-TV sports director Mark Berman in Houston, acknowledging that he has narrowed his list to Baylor and Tulsa.

"They're great schools academically and that's a big part of it," he told the station. "And offensively, where they're going and in the future, both of those schools are at the peak of their game.

"University of Tulsa, they're (one of the) top five offenses in the nation almost every year. They're going to put up a lot of points. Those two schools, an offensive player, your mouth starts watering whenever you talk about them."

In the next week, Green will likely visit Tulsa for the second time this summer, and he hopes to have a decision made soon after.

As a sophomore last year at Nebraska, Green backed up Taylor Martinez throughout the season, playing in nine games. Green was pushed into a leading role over the latter portion of the year with Martinez battling injuries.

Green earned starts against Iowa State and Colorado, leading the Huskers to victories in both games, while also seeing significant time at Texas A&M and in the second half of the Holiday Bowl. Overall, he completed 33-of-60 passes for 340 yards and three scores, and he ran for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Under Nebraska's new offensive coordinator Tim Beck, Green was expected to battle for the starting job next season. In an interview with HuskerOnline.com, Green explained that the new offense wasn't a fit and described the type of offense he is looking for at his next destination.

"The new offense (at Nebraska) was more simplistic," he said. "The offense is going to be more run and shoot like Kansas, and I think that I fit more of a pro type, West Coast offense that I came to Nebraska for.

"An offense that prepares you better for the NFL, the whole West Coast offense, timing style of passing is better suited for me. I had to make the decision of staying here or going somewhere that would better prepare me to get to the next level."

After transferring, Green will sit out the 2011 season per NCAA guidelines. He will then have two years of eligibility remaining.

As a high school senior in 2009, Green was a 4-star prospect and a member of the Rivals250. Originally from Dayton, Texas, he was rated as the No. 19 prospect in the state of Texas and the nation's sixth-best dual-threat quarterback.

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