Two days into the University of Tulsa's 2012 preseason practice, the team held its media day Friday inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Perhaps no other player was more vocal and confident in the team's expectations than quarterback Cody Green. The redshirt-junior transfer from Nebraska felt relieved when he was named the starting quarterback at the end of spring practice, but is still wary of the competition leading up to the season opener at Iowa State.
Green said, "It's like being handed the keys to a Ferrari and being told not to mess it up."
Second year head coach Bill Blankenship believes Green's ability to be a "dual threat" quarterback will bring an exciting brand of football to TU fans.
"I do believe people will be surprised what [Green] can do offensively with his 6'3" 240 pound frame running the football," said Blankenship. "He's a big strong passer. The fans will be pleasantly surprised with the speed he has."
Cornhusker fans also enjoyed Green's performance while he played in Lincoln. But his production was never enough to win the starting job from Taylor Martinez.
And for Green to play in major program like Nebraska, and now for the smallest FBS school, he believes the only barrier keeping this Golden Hurricane team from being elite is psychological.
"It's a mindset," claimed Green. "I have seven guys on the offense, starters, who have the mindset where I'm going to show you up. I'm going to beat you. I'm going to score a touchdown on you and there's nothing you can do about it."
With the players and coaches wearing shirts this spring already hinting at this team's goal of winning a conference title, this could be a special season for TU.
Green believes it; It's all in the mindset.
"We can do it," he said. "And we'll continue to do it. Once we get rolling... we beat Iowa State... We start [rolling] this train is not stopping."