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Marve planning Nebraska trip for Cornhuskers' spring game

3/19/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

A huge crowd expected for Nebraska's spring game couldn't be coming at a better time for the program to show off for vagabond quarterback prospect Robert Marve.

As Marve continues to consider his potential locations to transfer, his father told the Lincoln Journal-Star that his family plans to be in Lincoln for the Cornhuskers' spring game on April 18.

A crowd of up to 80,000 -- one of the largest in the nation -- is expected to attend Nebraska's spring game.

"Nebraska is great football country with great football tradition, and we're honored with the interest that they've put forward towards Robert," Eugene Marve told the Journal-Star. "I've talked personally to the coaches there and am really impressed with the no-nonsense approach to football that they take there. That's why we're interested; it's Nebraska football."

Nebraska remains among a group of finalists where Marve is considering transferring. Other schools include South Florida, Purdue, Texas Tech, UCLA and Michigan.

Marve talked about playing with the Cornhuskers with Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson earlier this week, Marve's father told the Journal-Star.

"We want a team that will appear to give Robert a fair shot at the quarterback position, meaning that we want the competition to be open and fair, not [against] like a three- or four-year starter ... because that's not a real open competition," Eugene Marve said.

"And Robert wants a program that's on the verge. He's not starting as a freshman anymore. We don't mind rebuilding anything, but he wants to be on a team that's on the verge of winning a conference championship or a player or two away. ... And after examining at all the factors, we see that Nebraska's right there."

Marve wouldn't be able to play until the 2010 season because of transfer rules. But Nebraska will be searching for a quarterback this spring in a wide-open battle featuring Zac Lee, Cody Green and Kody Spano.

Marve passed for 1,293 yards for the Hurricanes last season, passing for nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He split time as a starter with Jacory Harris.

The season was marred by a pair of suspensions for Marve. He was kept out of the first game of the season and the Hurricanes' Emerald Bowl loss to California by Miami coach Randy Shannon.

It will be interesting to see where Marve ends up. Nebraska couldn't be highlighted better than having him visit the weekend of the Cornhuskers' spring game.