Green Returns to The Swamp for FNL

Jacquez Green spent Friday Night Lights in the stadium he played at during his college career, watching his current players try to earn the same right. Currently an assistant coach at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Green has enjoyed his short time in the coaching profession. It doesn't hurt that it comes at one of the top high school programs in the state.

"If I coached high school football, I always wanted to be at a school where they cared about the program," Green said after the conclusion of Friday Night Lights. "They put everything behind our program at Lincoln. It's a great program that really started in the 90s, but we know we have a great thing going up at Lincoln High."

The Trojans are coming off a state championship in 2010, their second in three years, and that makes it a perfect fit for Green. They have won the city championship in Tallahassee every year since 2007, district championships every year from 1999-2009 and a regional championship in 2008 and 2010.

It's a solid program that gives Green support as he gets more experience in the profession.

Friday night in The Swamp was a little different than his other experiences on the sidelines. He watched as plenty of his players worked out for the Florida coaching staff. Green also kept an eye on the other players in attendance. He has followed recruiting for a long time and still stays up to date on the top players in the country and in Florida.

"It's always fun to see our kids compete and eventually see them on the next level," Green said. "I've always been into recruiting and kept up with where guys went to school at since I was playing in high school. Seeing the talent out there was fun though. It's great to see, and hopefully some of those guys end up in a Gator uniform to help the Gators win some games."

The trip to Gainesville also gave Green a chance to spend time with the new Florida coaching staff. Growing up in Georgia, Green watched Muschamp's career for the Bulldogs. The two have spent most of the time talking about coaching, and they have already built a strong relationship.

"I like Coach Muschamp," Green said. "He's a coach's coach. If you're a coach, I think you enjoy and appreciate the way that he coaches football. It's great to see him on the Florida sideline now."

Green is already comfortable with multiple other members of the Florida staff. When he left Florida and was preparing for the NFL Draft, Florida offensive Charlie Weis held the same position for the New York Jets. The two had a pre-draft interview.

While in the NFL, Green remembers hearing good things about Florida defensive line coach Dan Quinn. He also remembers his teams playing against Florida co-defensive line coach Bryant Young in the NFL. Green left Florida after the 2007 season, but he still remembers watching Florida secondary coach Travaris Robinson play at Auburn from 1999-2002.

The comfort level with the Florida staff is already there for Green, leaving little doubt the group will succeed.

"I feel like my alma mater is in good hands," Green said. "I feel real good about what's going on."

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