April 28, 2009

Green planning for fall return

One name that former head coach Sylvester Croom kept eluding to last season when he spoke of injuries was tight end Marcus Green.

The converted running back was expected to be an integral part of the Bulldogs offense last year but a nagging hip injury kept Green on the shelf for most of the season.

Green only played in the first two games of 2008 but showed fans his big play ability by hauling in a 50-yard reception against Southeastern Louisiana, his only catch of the season.

Green was flattered every time his former head coach would refer to him during a press conference but could not help feeling guilty about being injured and not being able to aid his teammates on the field through the last 10 games of the year.

"It make me feel good that (Croom) thought that highly of me but at the same time I was disappointed," Green said. "I had high expectations for the team and what I was going to try to do to help them. When I got injured I kind of felt like I let them down but God gave me a second chance to come back now. I've just got to make sure I am fully healthy."

Green attempted to comeback several times throughout the season last year but the nagging hip injury kept preventing his return.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound rising sophomore made his return to the gridiron this spring at a self-diagnosed 85-percent. He was limited to mostly non-contact work throughout the spring as he continues to recover.

"I was kind of surprised," Green said. "Coming back from the injury that I had, it's just a blessing to be out here. I think that God gave me a second chance. I can't come back too anxious. I've got to let a couple of things heal up before I can go full speed. But it's just good to be back around the team."

Green, like the rest of his offensive teammates, spent his spring adjusting to the new spread offense brought in by new head coach Dan Mullen. Green feels this style of offense is best suited for him because he gets to be split out sometimes creating mismatches.



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