A recurring series where we will profile every player and coach on Maryland’s roster, counting down to kick-off against Miami. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we head over to one of the more experienced players in the secondary who is still trying to break through for some playing time.
Anthony Green, Senior (RS), Safety
40-yard dash: 4.72 (high school)
High School: Gwynn Park High School (Cheltenham, Md.)
Last College: Bridgewater College
How’d He Get To College Park?
Green was recruited by Randy Edsall out of high school, but decided to go to Bridgewater before transferring to Maryland prior to the 2008 season. Green was a quarterback, wide receiver, and defensive back at Gwynn Park, and has served as a practice squad defensive back during his time with the Terps. The senior played in four games last season, but did not record any tackles. Green has done well in the past two spring games, posting four tackles and breaking up one pass in 2010 and intercepting two passes this past season, including one that he returned for a 52-yard touchdown.
More after the jump.
“Cop Speed“. Not only might he play some wildcat quarterback this year, but he’s a criminology/criminal justice major who wants to work for the DEA.
Playing in four games last year, and intercepting the two passes in this year’s spring game.
Not getting playing time at quarterback in 2009, as was expected with the depleted (and injured) squad.
Arbitrary Top Five List:
Old Dominion Athletics Conference Football Champions, 2001-05:
1. Bridgewater College
2. Bridgewater College
3. Bridgewater College
4. Bridgewater College
5. Bridgewater College
Green gets playing time at safety, picking off one pass, and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton decides to experiment with him in a wildcat role, which ends up more successful than the failed Jamarr Robinson attempt.
Green stays on the practice squad, passed by incoming freshmen on the depth chart at corner, and is unable to get any snaps under center.
Green is currently listed as the third free safety on the depth chart, behind redshirt freshman Titus Till and junior Eric Franklin. There is simply no way the senior moves ahead of those two on the depth chart (barring injury), as Till was a very highly recruited member of the 2009 class and Franklin, who enters the season as the presumptive starter, was impressive in the playing time that he saw last year.
Green might see some playing time in different “multiple” looks on defense (borrowing Randy Edsall’s favorite word), all depending on Todd Bradford’s set up. We really don’t know much about Bradford’s defense, besides the fact that is was largely unsuccessful. If there is a set up with a lot of defensive backs, that’s Green’s chance to get on the field, but with a lot of freshmen coming in and some talented players on the practice squad, it’s hard to see his playing time being significant.
Quarterback might honestly be his best chance to get on the field. Danny O’Brien is obviously entrenched as the starter (and as one of the best in the ACC), and C.J. Brown is a very good backup. With Devin Burns moving to wide receiver and Tyler Smith transferring to Elon, that leaves walk-on freshman Troy Jones as the third-string quarterback. Green played QB in high school, and Ralph Friedgen previously talked about the possibility of using him in a Wildcat-type situation. It’s something that Crowton and co. should probably experiment with in practice, to give them an extra option and some depth behind center at the very least.
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