Countdown 2008: Shonn Greene

Shonn Green created some lasting images on the field during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He provided a mixture of power, speed and tenacity, whether it was carrying the football or making teeth jarring hits on special teams. Greene sat out last year to work on his academics, so the question is there: What will Iowa be getting with Greene's return?

LET'S GET REACQUANITED

 

2007:  Did not participate in football, attended Kirkwood Community College as a student to work on his academics, as he was ineligible to play at Iowa.  Will have two years of eligibility remaining at Iowa.

2006 By the Numbers:  Listed as second team running back following spring practice. . .saw action in 41-7 win over Montana;  rushed three times for seven yards and had two pass receptions for 11 yards, along with two kickoff returns for 60 yards . . . saw action on special teams in double overtime win at Syracuse . . . had one kickoff return for 10 yards and recorded three solo tackles vs. Syracuse . . . saw action in win over Iowa State . . . gained 18 yards on only rushing attempt and 12 yards on only pass reception, with both plays coming during second period touchdown drive . . . also had one kickoff return for 11 yards and two assisted tackles on special teams . . . saw action in win at Illinois, rushing eight times for 54 yards . . . saw action in loss to top-ranked Ohio State . . . recorded one KO return for 26 yards vs. OSU, along with two solo tackles on special teams . . . saw action in win over Purdue as offense reached season high marks in points (47) and rushing yards (286) . . . rushed 11 times for 88 yards and one touchdown vs. Purdue, with a long of 25 yards . . . scored on four-yard run in the fourth period and also had one KO return for seven yards . . . saw action in loss at Indiana as offense gained 467 yards total offense . . . rushed nine times for 38 yards before leaving game with injury . . . did not see action in loss at Michigan due to injury . . . did not see action in win over Northern Illinois due to injury . . . did not see action in loss to Northwestern, due to injury . . . returned to action in loss to Wisconsin, but had no statistics . . . saw action in loss at Minnesota, recording one solo tackle on special teams . . . saw action vs. Texas in Alamo Bowl, but had no statistics.  With 116 yards vs. Ball State in 2005, he became the first true freshman to rush for over 100 yards in a game since Tony Stewart (23-102) vs. Wisconsin in 1987.

High school honors:  First team all-conference and second team all-state as a senior . . . as a junior, earned first team all-state, all-South Jersey and all-conference honors . . . first team all-conference as a sophomore . . . Renaissance card holder . . . Career - - ended prep career with 4,266 rushing yards and 43 touchdowns on 503 attempts . . . as a senior, rushed 172 times for 1,378 yards and 16 touchdowns . . . rushed for 1,267 yards and 18 touchdowns on 221 attempts as a junior . . . recorded 191 career tackles and one interception on defense.

 

The Analysis:  Iowa's situation at running back this year is a big unknown.  Shonn Greene is perhaps the biggest ‘X Factor' on the entire roster.  If he can get through camp and come into the Maine game anywhere near the physical condition he was in the last time we saw him play, which was against Texas in the 2006 Alamo Bowl, the Iowa offense has a chance to hit the ground, well, running.  If he needs a little more time to get his ‘game legs' underneath him, it's going to be wide open competition in the Hawkeye backfield.

 

The likihood is that the competition will be fierce from the second the Hawkeyes open camp in less than 40 days.  

 

Would it be incredibly optimistic to think that Greene, or any prospective Big Ten running back, can step right in after a year away from the game, team meetings, training table and a Big Ten strength and condition program and perform at a high level?

 

The simple answer to that question, from the chair I am sitting in, is ‘yes'.

 

During the winter, I heard whispers that Greene had allowed his weight to balloon north of 260 pounds.  Based on where I heard this, and it was from more than one location, I put some stock into that story.

 

Is it easy to work your way back down to 225-230 pounds from that range?  That depends on the person, but the answer is probably ‘no' for most people.

 

But the chances are good that at some point in September, Greene will be able to tote the football 15+ times per game.  The sooner, the better because the Iowa offense could use his combination of speed and power that we saw during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

 

The images I have from those years is a powerful back that has some pretty significant straight line speed.  He showed solid ball skills as well and was a hard hitter on special teams.  Greene is the kind of running back that a Wisconsin drools to get its hands on.  Or rather, he was when he was in the program in 2005 & 2006.

 

The fact of the matter is that we just don't know what the 2008 version of Shonn Green is going to give us.

 

That being said, it's exciting to remember what he is capable of, and it's exciting to imagine him carrying the football during the next two seasons for Iowa.  He will have competition from some incoming freshmen, Nate Guillory, Paki O'Meara and Jamie Murphy.

 

If you knew he was going to be at 100%, you'd bet on Greene in that pool. 

 

We'll have to wait for Iowa football media day to see how Green fares in the ‘eye test', and the wait will be three weeks longer after that until the Maine game before we know just what hand we will be dealt with as it relates to Greene's return.

Greene's Collegiate Stats

Rushing

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Lng

Freshman

37

173

4.7

1

32

Sophomore

32

205

6.4

1

25

Career

69

205

5.5

2

32

 

Receiving

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Lng

Freshman

0

0

0.0

0

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Sophomore

3

23

7.7

0

12

Career

3

23

7.7

0

12

 

KO Returns

No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Lng

Freshman

0

0

0.0

0

---

Sophomore

6

114

19.0

0

37

 

 

 


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