When Cody Green was recruited in 2008, expectations were high. He was compared to Vince Young because of the physical similarities and to Tommie Frazier since he was a true freshman capable of stepping in and starting midway through his first season. Those expectations are too much to lay on anyone, but particularly when Green stepped into tougher circumstances than either Young or Frazier. Young had the benefit of a full redshirt season and a team surrounding him that was loaded with blue chip offensive talent. Frazier joined a team that was the defending champion of the Big 8 at a time when a number of conference teams were not very competitive.

Like Young, Green struggled as a passer as a freshman. Young ran wild, racking up nearly 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns despite sharing...

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