LSU Game Has Special Meaning for Cornerback

It's rare that Arizona State would battle an SEC school when recruiting a player. However, when Sun Devil Chad Green made his final decision on where to sign his letter of intent, it did come down to the two schools who are also scheduled to meet this weekend – ASU and LSU. Green, who is coming off his first career start, is anxious to display his talents not only to the Sun Devil coaches, but also to the school that he nearly picked two years ago.

"It feels pretty good playing them," said the 5-10 181 Chad Green, "and I was hoping that Coach Saban was still there so I can show him what I can do, but he's on to bigger and better things (smile). It will be good to go down there in Louisiana to a great atmosphere and play in front 90,000 people and a big name school."

Green admitted that it wasn't an easy decision to pick the Sun Devils over the Tigers, but added that proximity didn't have an overbearing effect on his decision. "I really felt at home at Arizona State," Green stated. "The coaches and players made me feel like part of the family. The distance did play a factor a little bit, because being a five-hour flight away from my Mom was a little far. I like it at ASU and it was a good decision for me."

The sophomore did play in all 12 games last season, but it took an injury to starter R.J. Oliver for him to get the nod last Thursday for the very first time. The cornerback matched his game-high total in tackles with four and had a bass breakup to boot. "I felt good after the game," Green commented. "It was good getting out there and competing. I was just playing and trying to get something done for the team. I feel for R.J. who's banged up, and I hope he can come back soon…I want to get out there and keep my position as a starter."

Being troubled by injuries is something that Green has experienced quite often in his ASU career. Even going into this season, he did have to sit out a few practices in Camp T. Thus, the ability to not only start but feel healthy, is one that the sophomore will never take for granted. "It felt good to be out there injury-free, and not worry about my shin or my wrist" he admitted. "It was good to go out there, give it my all, and show what I can do. At first the injuries really got to me, because I was never really injured in high school. I wanted to show the team and the coaches what I can do and give it a 100%, and I couldn't. But now that I'm healed up and healthy and I'm gonna play my hardest."

Chad Green, much like the rest of his Sun Devil teammates, is shocked and saddened by the events in Louisiana following hurricane Katrina. He does however feel that it will not serve as a distraction to him and a focused ASU team. "It's a huge tragedy, and we feel it here too because we had a couple of guys on the team who had family caught up in that," he said. "They were worried a lot because the phones were down. I just send my prayers down there to all the folks that were affected."

"I don't think it's gonna be a distraction for us," Green continued. "Our hearts will always be out for the folks in Louisiana and what they're going through. We know we have a job to do and that's to play ASU football. We have to play our hearts out, and we can't let the situation take away from what we need to do."

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