Thursday, January 10, 2013
Green gives his return a thumbs-up
By Corey Dowlar
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- For the second year in a row, Florida State had a commitment in the Under Armour All-America Game who returned to the field after a lengthy time away for one reason or another.
Last year it was defensive end Chris Casher. Because of rules in the state of Alabama, and the fact that he transferred, he was ineligible to play his senior season.
Fast forward to this year, and it was running back Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic) who was finally able to get back at it.
At the Jan. 4 UA Game in Florida, Ryan Green said 'it was good' being hit for the first time since his injury.
Having suffered a shoulder injury back in September, Green was ruled out for several months and began rehabbing instead of playing his senior season.
Initial reviews, at least from Green, were positive.
"I couldn't really get on the field as much as I would have liked because it was an all-star game, but I was happy," he said. "It was a good experience overall.
"It was my very first game back from injury. It felt real good. Got hit for the first time, it was good."
There are plenty of stories about athletes that come back from injury with some anxiety until they get reacquainted. Not so for Green.
He was looking forward to playing again more than anything else.
"I wasn't nervous at all," he said. "I just came out here and tried to play my game, do the best I could. Overall, I think I had a good game."
The next important event in Green's process will be the hire of a new running backs coach at Florida State. Having made his commitment to the Seminoles when Eddie Gran was there, Green hopes he knows soon who his next position coach will be.
If he could make the hire himself, he'd like the new assistant to have certain qualities that would allow Green to develop.
"I want him to push me," he said. "I want him to care about the players and teach us. They wouldn't tell me an exact date, but they said it should be soon."