Nobody gets inside Nebraska football better than HuskerIllustrated’s Sean Callahan, who caught up with Shawn Watson Wednesday night for a little one-on-one.
“We got Kody Spano back. Our strength staff and Mark Mayer, our trainer, did a super job. [Mayer] told me when Kody had his surgery the Friday before the spring game [April 17], an ACL is not easy. Usually you are looking at somewhere in the first three or four weeks of the season before they can even start practicing. [Mayer] said you’ll have him back in July and we did. He has been full bore for the last two weeks. He’ll really be able to help us out.”
“I’ll tell you who is a really cool customer in the pocket is Kody Spano,” he said. “He really pushes the pocket and keeps his vision down field and feels the rush, and he spits the ball out where it’s supposed to go.”
Fall camp is going to get really interesting at the quarterback position behind Zac Lee. As Callahan mentioned, the biggest question other than who gets that #2 spot will be who gets the redshirt – Cody Green or Latravis Washington.
With the way things have gone with playing time the previous five seasons, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see both Green and Washington redshirt if Spano wins the job. However, Washington looked pretty impressive in the spring game (13/21, 190 yards, 2 TDs), and if Green hit the playbook and gained camaraderie with team, then he certainly has the talent to overtake both players by September 5th.
Watson also told Callahan this gem about J.C. transfer WR Brandon Kinnie:
“I can tell you right now that Brandon Kinnie is really going to add to that mix,” Watson said. “He’s like a Mo Purify, but he’s faster. I know he’s had a really good summer. There’s been a lot of buzz unsolicited around the building from the kids and they tell me Brandon Kinnie has made a huge impact on his teammates.”
If Shawn Watson says he’s like Maurice Purify but faster, then I say I’m already in the fan club.