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Jared Green managed to fly under the radar for much of the preseason. That quickly changed in front of a record Scott Stadium crowd on Saturday. Green made his debut for the Cavaliers with 3 catches for 40 yards, which tied Cary Koch for team-high honors against the Trojans.
After a redshirt year in 2007, the 6’2″ receiver hadn’t seen game action since his high school days at Oakton in 2006. As a senior, he only had 17 catches for 245 yards and four touchdowns in the run-oriented offense.
“Yeah, it’s been a while. I had to get the feeling back a little bit,” Green said. “But training camp brought it right back and the team, the way we practice and the way we prepare, it’ll get you back the feeling – you might think it’s a game in practice.”
The first catch of Green’s college career proved to be highlight film quality. Peter Lalich ‘s throw toward the home sidelines was high and to the outside in order to give Green the best shot at making the catch without risking an interception. Green leaped into the air with a defender there and made the reception before being shoved out of bounds.
“It was a pretty difficult catch because it was up there. USC is known as a team that is very greedy – you know ‘I’m going to get the ball’ so we had that same mindset, all of us wide receivers and tight ends,” Green said. “I was just like ‘that’s my ball’ when it was up there.”
Green planted both feet in the playing field, making it a catch on any level. You only need one foot down inbounds in college for a reception to occur. So did Green get hit before or after he got his feet down?
“Oh man, that was my first college play – it was a blur,” Green said. “I don’t even remember. I’ll have to see it.”
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