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Friday, March 13, 2009
Ganz blasts Witt on his recent departure

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Former Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz made some interesting comments about some of the recent news around the Nebraska program.

When Ganz worked out Thursday at Nebraska's pro day, he took a couple of verbal potshots at departing quarterback Patrick Witt between running the 40-yard dash, passing for pro scouts and taking agility tests.

"It's tough to see a kid kind of waste all that time he put in," Ganz told the Omaha World-Herald of Witt, who plans to transfer at the end of the spring semester after he spent two years at Nebraska and served as the top backup last season. "Stuff is not going to be given to you here.

"Things are not going to be handed to people. People are not playing favorites. You have to work for everything you get."

Witt fired back at Ganz, according to the World-Herald, saying his former teammate's comments were based on "pure speculation."

"Joe clearly has no idea why I made the decision that I did," Witt said in a written statement, "and I don't expect him to. There is more to my life than football, and that will be evident when I decide upon my next school."

Ganz said that Witt's decision mystifies him.

"You have to compete and win that job," Ganz said. "Coach [Bo] Pelini and [offensive coordinator] Coach [Shawn] Watson are never going to hand anybody anything. I don't know if he didn't like that. I have no idea. It's a decision between him and his family. I just don't understand it."

Pelini and Witt's family haven't commented publicly about Witt's decison, which leaves Zac Lee as the projected No. 1 quarterback going into the Cornhuskers' spring practice on March 25.

"I don't understand why a guy would want to leave," Ganz told the Lincoln Journal-Star. "All you can ask is a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job at the University of Nebraska. I don't understand why you would leave when he had such a good opportunity."

Witt's decision still resonates as one of the most shocking news stories in the Big 12 since the end of the football season. But it makes anticipation for spring practice much greater for the Cornhuskers, even after their fast 2008 finish capped by their Gator Bowl victory over Clemson.