Originally published Feb. 7, 2008 in the Omaha World-Herald
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Among the quarterbacks who preceded Spano at Stephenville High were Jevan Snead (Texas, Mississippi), Kevin Kolb (Houston) and Branndon Stewart (Tennessee, Texas A&M).
"Kody has the chance of being as good or maybe better than Jevan (Snead), but that will take some work." -- Chad Morris, Stephenville High coach
The gurus say
The No. 9 dual-threat quarterback nationally, according to rivals.com, and No. 47 in the Texas Top 100. Ranked No. 51 back in August by the Austin American-Statesman in its Fabulous 55 for Texas.
As with Curt Dukes and Patrick Witt, Spano is a quarterback recruit who graduated early and arrived at NU in January. Also, the only quarterback in this recruiting class. Spano became available when Oklahoma State pulled a scholarship offer in December, almost 10 months after he first committed to the Cowboys. Spano threw for more than 5,000 yards and 54 touchdowns as two-year Stephenville starter. Mobility is proven by his 442 rushing yards and 11 TDs last season.
There might be some knocks because of his size, between 6-1 and 6-2, but let's see what the Nebraska offense becomes first. No rush to play him, with Joe Ganz, Patrick Witt and Zac Lee in the system. Maybe the Huskers can catch lightning in a bottle with a dual-threat, average-sized Texan -- a la Missouri with Chase Daniel and Kansas with Todd Reesing.
These are the players who built Nebraska football.
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