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S.J. Green: One to watch

By GREG AUMAN, Times Staff Writer
Published September 1, 2006

S.J. GREEN, RECEIVER

A FEW WILL LEAD MANY

With only 12 seniors, USF depends on a few key leaders, including Green, quarterback Pat Julmiste and linebacker Stephen Nicholas: "We all work together as a group, make decisions together. We've been together four years, and if one of us goes down, we all go down. It's one big family."

ONE THAT GOT AWAY

Green's only touchdown last season came in a 15-10 loss at Connecticut, but he's more motivated by one he missed in that game, a fourth-quarter lob pass he lost in the lights that turned into a pivotal interception.

ALWAYS FASTER

At 6 feet 3, 220 pounds, Green has size on most defensive backs covering him, so his offseason priority was improving quickness. He caught 16 passes last year for 229 yards.

MOST IMPROVED

Coach Jim Leavitt said after spring drills that receiver might have been USF's most improved position from the end of last season. Green likes the depth and youth of the group, which will rotate eight players into three positions, with only two seniors.

"We are pretty deep. We have a lot of guys who have been here a year or two together," he said. "I'm very confident in this group."

LITTLE 81 ON THE WAY

Green has another reason to be excited about this season: He'll be a first-time father, with a son due in November. He's talked a lot with Julmiste, whose first son was born in July.

"We talk a lot about life, having a child," said Green, whose first name is Solomon. "It makes you think about life in a totally different manner."

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