Notes: J.J. Green open to moving to defense, and more on "ACL U."

semerson@macon.comDecember 18, 2013 

Tailback J.J. Green (15) (Photo by Sean Taylor)


ATHENS - Position switching is becoming the December topic around the Georgia football team. Only one has actually occurred, and Mark Richt has said J.J. Green will likely remain at tailback, but the freshman himself is still open to moving.

Asked on Tuesday if he wanted to stay at tailback, Green answered "of course," but then added: "I wouldn't mind going to (defensive back), though. I wouldn't mind doing it at all."

Why not?

"Because I played corner in high school and I played against some of the best wide receivers in the country. And learning from them in high school, I can probably do the same in college, just learning from the best receivers on our team. We've probably got the best wide receivers in the country."

Green is Georgia's second-leading rusher this season, with 365 yards, and is averaging 5.9 yards per carry. He started two games with Todd Gurley out.

But next year Keith Marshall presumably will return from ACL surgery, A.J. Turman will be off his redshirt, and highly-regarded recruits Sony Michel and Nick Chubb are going.

Richt has said that you can never have enough tailbacks, with this year's injuries and the attrition of recent years as the best example. Green, despite being listed at 5-foot-9, has shown he can play the position.

"I like running back. I like being in that room. And earning from (guys who are) probably gonna be two Hall of Famers coming from Georgia," Green said. "So I'm just learning from them right now. It's great being behind them and getting touches. Everybody knows my name now. I'm just happy to be out there."

Green was listed as an athlete when he signed, with receiver and cornerback considered his most likely positions. He had three interceptions his senior year at Camden County, and remembers his time there with unabashed confidence.

"I just know my senior year I didn't really have any balls thrown to my side," he said.


Reserve running back Dominic Bryan became the sixth Georgia player to tear his ACL this year. Bryan had surgery last week.

The other ACLs this year:

- Cornerback Reggie Wilkerson, who tore his knee in June and had surgery two months later, after the swelling went down.

- Receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who tore his celebrating Todd Gurley's 75-yard touchdown run at Clemson.

- Tailback Keith Marshall, after being hit in the first half at Tennessee.

- Receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, hurt covering a punt in the second half at Tennessee.

- Quarterback Aaron Murray, who planted his knee wrong in the first half against Kentucky, then played on it for 13 more plays.

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