Green Ready for Bigger Role

Shayon Green has only played in six games through his first three years at the University of Miami but now he's ready to take on a larger role.

Shayon Green was ready to fulfill a lifelong dream of playing college football when he committed to Purdue as a senior at Tift County High in Georgia. Then a scholarship offer came from Miami and he switched his pledge and the three-star inked with the Hurricanes in the Class of 2009.

After a redshirt season in 2009, Green played in just two games in 2010. He was moved to a full-time defensive end position in Al Golden's first year at Miami but still only saw action in four games, logging seven tackles.

After an outstanding offseason, Green began the spring as a starter at one of the defensive end spots. He goes into tomorrow's scrimmage as one of the players who has really impressed with coaching staff.

"He's strong, he's powerful," Golden said. "He's got leadership qualities. He's one of our hardest workers, can be that guy."

Last year's team may have lacked a lot of what Green brings to the table -- both on the field and off it. Golden talked about that.

"No matter where I've been, when you have those guys on your team, they're invaluable," he said. "They have a consistency about them, a determination about them. Those qualities, people think they're intangibles but they're very tangible."

Green, primarily an outside linebacker in high school, hasn't gotten a sack in his Miami career yet but Golden sees some potential in his talented junior in that area.

"They're getting there," he said of Green's pass rushing skills. "He's more speed to power right now. He needs to develop that. It will come."

Green (6-2/255), one of the starters along with sophomore Anthony Chickillo at defensive end, could play a major role for the Canes on defense this fall. Golden believes he'll thrive, too.

"Knock on wood, he will stay healthy and he deserves to have success right now," he said.

He'll get plenty of opportunities in tomorrow's scrimmage to really put a stronghold on the starting spot going into the second half of spring football.

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