March 26, 2009

Green's move could impact QB battle

Garrett Green has starred on special teams, held for place kickers, ran routes, defended passes and thrown passes.

And with spring practices just days away, Green could be on the move again.

Green slid over to quarterback last season and spent most of the year leading the Trojan scout team.

Tuesday, Green moved back to the position he played last summer, wide receiver.

"I don't know if it's 100 percent or final, but the coaches called me up and saw me today and told me to start working at wide receiver some too," Green said. "They want me to start running some routes and catching some balls. That's what I'm going to do."

Green said he doesn't necessarily have a preference to where he plays, but he still feels like he can compete for time at quarterback.

"I'd love to be the quarterback. I'd love the opportunity to compete for it," he said. "We haven't sat down really to talk about it too much. I don't really know how it's going to play out in spring ball. I'm sure it's something that will play out during spring ball."

Green is curious about his future, but more than anything, he said, he wants to get on the field somehow. He'll likely continue to star on special teams and could hold kicks.

Still, he's not sure exactly what else he'll be doing when spring practices start on Saturday. Until then, he'll bounce back and forth between quarterback and wide receiver.

"I didn't really throw too much today. It's been such a long time since I've been getting work at receiver," he said. "I'll get out and throw some more on Thursday, and I'll be doing receiver stuff. I'm just trying to do as much as I can."

If Green's shift to receiver is permanent, he'll have to undergo somewhat of a physical transformation. The lifting programs for quarterbacks are the most specialized on the team, he said.

"The hardest part will be the physical side of it. It's a different kind of training and body type. It's a different mindset," Green said. "As a quarterback, you're built to be durable. As a receiver, it's about speed, quickness and things like that. That's important for a quarterback, but it's weighted more heavily for receiver."

Green laughed about setting a record for most positions played during his USC career, and this latest switch has Green feeling even better about his position at the top of the list.

"I think it's already been done. The record is set," he said. "That mark's been hit."

While Green joked about all the position switches, he knows it has made him a better football player.

"It definitely helps out. I feel more well-rounded," he said. "I think it's like anything, like in a business. The more you can get into other people's shoes and see what other people think, the better off you are.

"Whether you realize it or not, your mind will kind of click over, and it makes you better."

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