March 2, 2010

Green wants to earn All-American honors

A.J. Green makes no bones about it - he wants to be an All-American in 2010.

Had it not been for various injuries his first two years, he may already be.

Although Green played in all 13 games as a freshmen, the Summerville, S.C. native said he was rarely 100 percent due to some nagging leg issues, before missing the last three games of last year's regular season with a sprained shoulder.

Still, Green caught 47 passes for 751 yards and six touchdowns, pushing his two-year totals at Georgia to 103 catches for 1,714 yards and 14 scores.

"I talked to Coach (Mark) Richt and he thinks I can be an All-American if I just stay healthy," Green said. "So that's one of my goals - to be an All-American."

With spring practice set to begin Thursday afternoon, Green said he's as healthy as he can possibly be.

His injured shoulder has completely healed and there have been no residual effects to keep him from participating at 100 percent capacity in the upcoming drills.

"With me so far it's been little injuries, little nagging injuries," Green said. "It's been little stuff, but that's football. I'm still going to go out and play yard. We'll just see what happens."

Green admits it's a bit odd knowing that he'll be going into spring practice was one of the veterans on Georgia's young receiving corps.

In fact, if not for the return of senior Kris Durham from a shoulder injury, Green would be the most experienced of the group.

"I just can't believe it's already been three years," Green said. "It's great to be out here working with the younger guys, but it seems like I just got here myself."

So far, Green likes what he sees from his younger counterparts.

Green said fellow wideouts Rantavious Wooten, Tavarres King and Marlon Brown are working harder than before. He hopes that continues to be the case.

"I think we (the team) thought last year was going to be a gimme," Green said. "We had some leaders, but I think a lot of us just thought that things were going to be handed to us but it didn't work out that way. This year, we're working real hard."

Green's trying to do his part, although he admits he's never ever played a vocal role."

"I'm not a big, vocal person but that's something I'm working at trying to help them out," he said. "When we're out in our groups, I'm trying to be more vocal."

Otherwise, Green said he's not changing a thing.

After playing with just one quarterback his entire high school career, Green will be working with his third quarterback at Georgia in three years.

"I never thought that would happen, but it's fun," he said. "It was great working with Staff (Matt Stafford) and Joe (Cox) was a great leader. It's going to be different, but all those guys (Logan Gray, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger) are making each other better every day.

"I'm just going to work with whoever the new quarterback is and try and help make them look as good as I can. I just want to do whatever I can to help the offense out."

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