Cody Green Interview
Sr / Tulsa / QB
Updated - 6-22-13
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your
measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Cody Green: I am 6’4, around 248 pounds. I couldn’t tell you what my forty time is. I haven’t run it in a long time.
Alex Khvatov: Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?
Cody Green: Coming out of high school, I had my pick of where to go. I could go anywhere. SEC, Big 12 and Pac-10 schools showed interest. Three schools were high on me: Texas A&M, Baylor and Nebraska. Coach Sherman just got there to Texas A&M. Coach Franchione was actually the one who offered me. I have always been an Aggie fan. Baylor was one of my top choices. Art Briles was there. My sister worked at Baylor, so I knew the program well. Nebraska was a football player’s dream. They treat you like royalty. It was an awesome place. I fell in love with the place.
Alex Khvatov: What made you choose Nebraska?
Cody Green: The place wasn’t all about playing football. I wanted to go to school there. I wanted to get a good education. After the dust settles, you still have to go to school. I easily could have stayed closer to home. It would have felt like going to high school. I had friends that went to Baylor and Texas A&M. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your career at Nebraska.
Cody Green: I played in about 10 games. I started about four or five games. I was undefeated as a QB. I started as a freshman against Baylor in Waco. It was the first game that a true freshman started at Nebraska since Tommy Frazier. I started the next game against OU at Lincoln. I played on and off after that during the rest of the year. I didn’t start any more games. I played in a couple of games the next year. I started against Iowa State. It was a game that we won in overtime.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you decide to transfer to Tulsa?
Cody Green: My offensive coordinator at Nebraska got fired. I left with him. They changed their mindset on offense. Tulsa is a quarterback’s dream. Quarterbacks put up huge numbers here. Great quarterbacks came through here in the last decade. They compete against the bigger programs every year. It is a top 10 program in terms of the winning percentage. They have great athletes. These guys can play anywhere. These guys came here because they wanted to play as true freshmen.
Alex Khvatov: You went 11-3 last year, how great was it to be a part of such a successful season?
Cody Green: It was awesome. I sat out the year before. I had a chance to play a full season. We tied the wins record at the school. We won the Conference Championship and the Liberty Bowl. It was huge for us. It was first time we accomplished that feat in school history.
Alex Khvatov: What have you learned about your team after the spring?
Cody Green: Offensively, we are as hungry as we were last year. We relied on the running game. We had three great backs. We have the same thing this year. We want to increase our passing numbers this year. We want the passing attack to become more lethal. All of my receivers return except for our H-back Willie Carter. The coaches have challenged us. We are working on improving our passing attack.
Alex Khvatov: What are your team and individual goals for this upcoming senior season?
Cody Green: I want our team to go undefeated. It’s great if I throw for 5,000 yards, but it doesn’t mean a thing if we don’t win games. Getting the wins is more important. It would also be awesome if we play in a BCS bowl. Winning another Conference Championship is on our agenda.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths on the football field?
Cody Green: Managing the game. I was lucky enough to learn multiple offenses. I am best at running the West Coast system. I understand the game. I feel like I bring that to the table. I have good football knowledge.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Cody Green: I am really trying to increase the scrambling part of my game. I don’t want to be just a statue in the pocket. I ran my freshman and sophomore years at Nebraska. I need to run the ball more, so the defenses are thinking about it.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your career so far?
Cody Green: Winning my first Conference Championship last year. I never won it at Nebraska. It was awesome.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
Cody Green: I do root for the Texans. Majority of the time, I root for players that I played with or against.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Cody Green: Peyton Manning. He is a great player. I have worked the Manning camp for three years. I have been there every summer. I had conversations with him. I picked his brain.
Alex Khvatov: Who is the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Cody Green: I would have to say Gerald McCoy. I faced him during my freshman year. He is in the same class as Suh. He was very strong and fast. I ran an option play. I took two steps, and he grabbed me. He picked me up by my shoulder pads, and I got slammed to the ground. I am not a small guy, so I was impressed by that.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing college football?
Cody Green: I love the game. I see how guys transform themselves during their college career from when they are freshmen to seniors. I have met a lot of great people. I have built relationships with my teammates. My best guys in life will be my teammates. I live with these guys 365 days out of the year. I bleed with them. We win and lose together. They are a family.
Alex Khvatov: As a quarterback, what does it take to be a leader?
Cody Green: It is somebody that doesn’t have to say anything. You lead by example. There is no need to open your mouth unless it’s time. Coach Blankenship has a great quote. If you are lonely on top of the mountain, then you didn’t bring anyone with you. You have to bring guys with you.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Cody Green: If I didn’t play football, I would be fishing. I like to go hunting and play golf.
Alex Khvatov: What do you want to do with your life after your football career is over?
Cody Green: My major is business management. I would like to do competitive fishing. I want to start my own fishing charter business.
Alex Khvatov: What makes you unique?
Cody Green: Honestly, I am actually a very shy guy. I am shy in public. My friends know this. I try to stay in my comfort zone. I never step out of it. I am a creature of habit.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Cody Green is….
Cody Green: On the football field, I am a team player and a leader. Off-the-field, I am a passionate guy.
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