The questions Joe Dailey fielded about his Nebraska football future were quite blunt. Dailey's answers certainly weren't.
Dailey, when asked after Saturday's Red-White Game if he is considering transferring, was, at best, very vague.
"When the time comes for me to sit down and look at that, I may or may not," Dailey said. "It's up for grabs for me. I plan on being here until '07."
Asked again later to elaborate, Dailey was no clearer with his response.
"If I decide I want to transfer, I may," he said. "If not, I'm staying through '07."
Such are the decisions facing a junior quarterback who not only lost his starting job to a junior college transfer, but was demoted to fourth string.
"The shoulder injury doesn't help too much," said Dailey, noting the shoulder sprain he suffered in last week's scrimmage. "That doesn't say very much about my play."
Dailey, playing with the lower units in Saturday's game at Memorial Stadium, completed 7 of 20 passes for 121 yards. He threw one interception, returned 58 yards for a touchdown by Daniel Bullocks.
Meanwhile, Zac Taylor completed 20 of 27 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half.
"I think I said at the end of last season that I would have to re-interview for this position," Dailey said, "and that's exactly what took place."
Dailey, faced with the transition to a West Coast offense, completed 49.4 percent of his passes last season and threw 19 interceptions, compared with 17 touchdowns.
Dailey said he understands the coaches want to win and will make whatever changes they deem necessary to make sure Nebraska wins games. Last year, the Huskers finished 5-6 for their first losing season since 1961.
"It's not about how I feel, it's about how they feel," said Dailey, speaking to the media for the first time since the first day of spring practice.
"I can say I'm the best quarterback in the world. Other than that, it's not worth too much. To be honest, it's a matter of what Billy C says."
Dailey described his relationship with head coach Bill Callahan and his coaching staff as professional.
"Every day, we come in, we greet each other," he said. "We're very professional about it. We say our two words. We say our piece, and that's about it."
Nebraska offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said coaches hadn't had any conversations with Dailey regarding a transfer.
"We'll sit down with all these guys after spring practice and talk to them," Norvell said. "We always want what's in the best interest for all of our players. So we'll see what happens."
Rich Hansen, Dailey's high school coach in New Jersey, attended Saturday's game and watched from the Red team's sideline. He said Dailey hadn't discussed transferring, but that the two would "sit down and talk next week."
Hansen described Dailey as being "a good soldier," saying he's been mature in the way he's handled his demotion.
"As long there's fair competition, he's confident and I'm confident things will work out well for him," Hansen said. "Bottom line is, at any top Division I program, you're going to upgrade your competition every year. That's what Nebraska's done, and that's the way it should be."
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