Kevin “Duke” Green had seen action at wide receiver, tight end and linebacker on Petersburg’s (VA) varsity football squad prior to last season, when he became the Crimson Wave’s starting signal caller. The 6-2, 205-pound prospect’s debut was impressive, as he finished the year with 2,199 yards passing and 42 total touchdowns (27 passing, 15 rushing).
“I liked being in control of the game,” Green, a rising senior, said of playing quarterback for the first time. He also started at linebacker last season. “The quarterback determines the whole game. Those first couple of snaps, I had some butterflies. I was good after that.”
The Crimson Wave had a 6-6 overall record in 2009, including a thrilling 22-21 win over Clover Hill in the Division 5, Central Region semifinals. Matching up against another talented athlete, Clover Hill rising junior quarterback Joel Caleb , Green went 29 of 42 for 290 yards and one interception. He also rushed 19 times for 40 yards including two scores and two 2-point conversions, the last of which gave Petersburg the overtime win.
Green hopes the playoff victory propels the team to bigger things in 2010.
“I think that game really helped us,” Green said. “Mainly, our school and all the fans are more worried about basketball. This year, there has been more support and more dedication for football. This could be a great season.”
Following football season, Green had a starting role for Petersburg’s varsity basketball team, which finished with a 29-1 overall record and made the Group AAA state championship game. His focus has since come back to the gridiron and he has worked to improve on fundamentals as a passer.
Recruiting was certainly on Green’s mind as well this offseason. He received an offer from childhood favorite UVa in June but also had interest from other programs, including ECU, N.C. State, Temple and West Virginia. Despite being told by Temple and West Virginia that offers were likely on the way...
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