Hoos Hope To Stretch The Field

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Jared Green

“We’re going to throw deep!” Mike London’s voice bellowed at the University Hall practice fields on Wednesday. Just seconds before, Tim Smith had streaked down the right sidelines and hauled in a deep touchdown pass, much to the delight of the offense and Coach London.

And even though they were wearing helmets at the time, you could feel the smiles bursting through the facemasks as the receivers like the idea of becoming big-play threats for the Hoos. Junior Jared Green said that’s an exciting notion.

“It’s music to our ears. Everybody is getting excited,” Green said.

Beyond being deep threats, Green says, the receivers want to become a consistent, reliable group in 2010. In past seasons, one receiver – like Kevin Ogletree or Deyon Williams – has posted big numbers, but the unit as a whole has not strung together a season’s worth of production.

“We want to be an established group,” Green said. “The receiving corps ever since I’ve been here has been an iffy situation. Everybody always writes are we going to be good this year or what’s going on this year? But I think we’re going to set the tone this year and really do well.”

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Can you talk a little bit about coach Shawn Moore?

“Coach Moore is awesome. Not only is he a great coach, but he can throw the ball. (chuckles) He can throw the ball pretty good. He’s really good. He’s seen the game. He’s been in it for a long time. And he’s a Hoo. So we have a lot of common interests.”

How are the quarterbacks doing?

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“The quarterbacks look really good. I’m just excited to see who the guy is going to be.