Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Crimson Countdown: TE Brannon Green
By Brandon Chatmon
During the summer months, SoonerNation will take a closer look at each player on Oklahoma’s roster in our Crimson Countdown series. Each day, we will analyze each player’s impact on the program since arriving on campus, his potential impact this fall and his long-term impact. Starting with No. 1 Kendal Thompson, the series will follow the roster numerically through our final analysis of No. 99 Chaz Nelson.
From No. 1 Kendal Thompson to No. 99 Chaz Nelson, SoonerNation is evaluating the Oklahoma roster numerically. View the entire Crimson Countdown series.
Impact thus far: Green had a minimal impact in the Sooners' passing game during his first season on campus out of the junior college ranks. He finished with three receptions for 45 yards and one touchdown but was a key contributor in short yardage situations as a blocker.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Green continues his role as a blocking threat, particularly with the Sooners adding more quarterback run game into the offense. He could team with Sam Grant to give OU two solid blocking tight ends to help create lanes for their skill players.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: Grant essentially takes over Green’s role and becomes the Sooners’ main tight end (and only) in running situations. It would be a tough pill to swallow for a senior in his final season.
SoonerNation's evaluation grade for Green: B. This grade depends on expectations. If you expected Green to come in to be a complete tight end and receiving threat, it would be much lower. But Green was a late addition to OU’s 2012 class and has performed the role OU was looking to fill when they signed him. The Sooners needed a veteran tight end who could help in running situations and any help he provided in the passing game was a major plus.
SoonerNation’s development grade for Green: A. It would have been asking a lot of the Sooners to develop Green, who had 22 total receptions in two years of juco football, into a pass catching threat. OU has pretty much used him the way they should and the way they expected to when he was added to the class.