March 22, 2008

Glue guy Garrett Green

The University of Southern California football team has built a reputation over the last few years as a program designed around only the four- and five-star recruits; only taking guys with talent that puts them on the fast track to the NFL. But with all teams you need 'glue guys', players that do the dirty work and keep the team together.

No player better personifies that today than Garrett Green. For the record, Green was a three-star prospect and ranked as the 37th best player in California in 2006.

"I came in as a quarterback and kind of bounced around from safety to receiver," Green said, talking about his journey. "But it doesn't do me, or the team, any good to be bummed out about it or be stubborn, so I want to make sure I'm as flexible as possible.

"You only have a few years to be here and play so for me it was a real eye opener that I need to contribute any way possible."

Green is genuinely happy with his role with the Trojans, even if this is not the path he had envisioned coming out of high school.

"Of course you come in with expectations," he said. "And I had my goals for being a quarterback, now I have different goals as a receiver.

"It's all a process, and it's new to me, but I'm really enjoying the ride.

"I wouldn't want it any other way."

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