Green in Leadership Role Now

Green led the SEC in receiving a year ago, but he won't be the young superstar anymore.


On national signing day last week, wide receiver A.J. Green got a text from prized recruit Marlon Brown saying he had chosen Ohio State over Georgia. It was a big disappointment for Green, who had given Brown a strong sales pitch to join the Bulldogs to play wideout opposite Green.

A few minutes later, however, Green got another text from Brown saying the first announcement had been a little joke.

"He texted me like five minutes later saying, ‘Psych, man, I'm coming to UGA,'" Green said. "I was a little nervous for a minute, but I'm looking forward to him getting here."

As a true freshman, Green led the SEC in receiving a year ago, but he won't be the young superstar anymore once Brown arrives. It's a change in mentality Green said he's anxious to make.

"Switching roles, turning into a leader," Green said. "I think I can improve by helping the young guys where I screwed up last year and stuff like that."

As for Brown, Green said he wouldn't be too surprised if the receiver out of Tennessee ends up topping many of the big numbers Green posted just a year ago.

"Just watching him on film," Green said, "when he has the ball in his hands and how he attacks it with years after the catch, he can do great things."


Darius Dewberry won't even be at full speed until June after undergoing surgery on his shoulder, so linebackers coach John Jancek isn't making any predictions about the senior's future just yet. Given the potential depth Georgia could have at linebacker, however, a change in positions isn't completely out of the question, Jancek said.

The Bulldogs are thin at defensive end, and Dewberry's bulky frame and physical style have been enough to at least have coaches considering a position switch in his senior season. Dewberry saw action in just seven games last year due to a mix of injuries and off-field problems, and will face stiff competition for playing time to open the 2009 season.

"With his body type and the way that he plays the game, he certainly would be a candidate to (move), but I think we have to wait and see how the defensive ends perform this spring," Jancek said.

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