Ryan Green came to Florida State as a 4-star running back and high expectations on his shoulders. Unfortunately injuries plagued his freshman and sophomore season and Dalvin Cook and Mario Pender passed him on the depth chart. Green rushed for just 39 times for 194 yards and a touchdown during that time.
This spring Green decided to make the move to defense and so far it has paid off. He has already spent an entire practice working with the first team defense, and head coach Jimbo Fisher has spoken highly of his progress.
“I’ve been pleased,” Fisher said on Saturday. “We ran him with the ones today at field corner. He had a great ball covered and a guy made a play on him, but he came back and made two good plays. He’s learning. He’s studying really hard and working at it.”
Green played defensive back in high school and he said he felt like that helped him make the transition a little easier.
“After the first day I felt like I was back in the DB swing of things,” Green said. “Of course I wasn’t. I got beat on a few plays. That’s going to happen, but once I figure out everything and learn my craft and focus on becoming a better DB I feel like I’ll be a good one.”
Jimbo Fisher has an excellent track record when it comes to moving his players to different positions. Former Seminole defensive back Xavier Rhodes, who was a first round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings, started his career at wide receiver.
Green has paid attention to the players that coach Fisher moved and thinks he could be the next one to have success.
“I have full faith in all my coaches and Jimbo Fisher,” Green said. “I don’t think they’ll steer me wrong in any way. The players he has moved have all had successful careers and I think I can be one of those guys.”
Jalen Ramsey has locked down one of the starting cornerback spots, but Green will continue to battle Marquez White for the other spot on the field throughout the rest of the spring and into summer practice. Green has the size, speed, and athleticism to be a great corner; it will just come down to how fast he picks up the system.