Originally published Feb. 5, 2009 in the Omaha World-Herald
• Did you know? Despite the recently healed ligaments in his right foot, Green wore a specialized kicking boot and a protective strap so he could kick extra points for his high school team last fall. He made his only field goal attempt all year - a 24-yarder with no time left that lifted his Broncos past Kerrville Tivy, 31-28, and into the state title game.
• Coachspeak: "He understands the offense. He's smart. He's not going to cost you a ball game. He settles all of them down. He's just a good football player." - Dayton High School coach Jerry Stewart
• The gurus say: Green, a four-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals, has natural running ability, though his unconventional throwing motion and sometimes below-average footwork worries some. Still, most recruiting experts rate him as a top 10 dual-threat quarterback nationally.
• About Green: Green finished his senior year as one of the most productive players in Texas, accounting for a total of 62 touchdowns, 3,195 passing yards and 1,506 rushing yards. He was an honorable mention all-state athlete and the primary reason why his small-town high school made it to the Class 4A Division II state title game. Although Green was never too thrilled about Lincoln's chilly wintry conditions, he was persuaded to choose Nebraska over many other suitors because of the opportunity to help orchestrate the Huskers' rebuilding project.
• Our take: Green has the physical makeup to be a game-changer at the collegiate level. He made the right decision to arrive on campus in January, hoping to get a head start on the Huskers' competitive battle for the starting quarterback position. But it may be near-impossible for Green to live up to the expectations already created by an enthusiastic fan base still smarting a bit from unexpected departures of other highly touted quarterbacks.
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