CHARLESTON -- You might call 2012 the year of the transfer quarterback.
Tulsa's game notes list about 30 quarterbacks known to have started for two different Division I-AA/FBS teams. Of those, six starters of this year are listed.
Those are Dayne Crist of Kansas (from Notre Dame), Garrett Gilbert of Southern Methodist (from Texas), Ryan Katz of San Diego State (from Oregon State), Robert Marve of Purdue (hurt for Marshall game, from Miami) and Danny O'Brien of Wisconsin (from Maryland).
And Cody Green, who started four games at Nebraska. Won 'em all, too, beating Baylor and Oklahoma in 2009 and Iowa State and Colorado in 2010.
Now, after sitting out 2011, Green has taken over Tulsa's perennially explosive offense, and will try to provide some fireworks at Marshall's homecoming game. Kickoff time is 3:30 p.m. at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, with CBS Sports Network airing the game.
Green, a 6-foot-2, 247-pound junior, is assigned with continuing Tulsa's ultra-productive line of quarterbacks - Paul Smith (2003-07), David Johnson (2005-08) and G.J. Kinne (2009-11). Those three combined for 24,939 passing yards and 212 touchdowns.
And a slew of victories. The Golden Hurricane is 75-45 overall since 2003, and 42-16 in Conference USA play since entering the league in 2005. The latter is the second-best mark since realignment, a half-game behind Houston.
Green split from Nebraska after the 2010 season, when offensive coordinator Shawn Watson left coach Bo Pelini's staff for Louisville. Green said the offensive philosophy changed under new coordinator Tim Beck, triggering his search for a new home.
That brought Green about seven hours south to Tulsa, the little private school with the big offensive numbers. He sat out the 2011 season per the NCAA's transfer rule, but didn't need the entire year to get accustomed to the program's skill players.
Half the fun is counting them, it seems.
"Looking at schools, you want to find somewhere that fits everything you do," Green said Wednesday. "I really couldn't pass up a chance to play here at Tulsa. We can throw the ball around quite a bit, plus have a great coaching staff and really, the talent here, I couldn't pass that up."