Matt Green: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Lafayette High School head coach Carl Hayden about Matt Green, a 6-2, 225-pound kicker from Lexington, Ky.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Carl Hayden: I think his ability to handle pressure situations. Kickers are usually off in the distance but it's always been about the team with him. Physically, he's a speciman.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Carl Hayden: Probably just the stage. Coming from having 4,000 to 5,000, maybe 10,000 people at a game to going somewhere like Oklahoma State and playing in front of that many people is going to be different. But there's no doubt in my mind that he'll be able to deal with it.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Carl Hayden: Yes, one time he got a bad snap (when he was punting) and the rush was coming from his right, and he's right footed. He took off to his left and he ended up kicking the ball left footed about 30 yards. It really shocked us all.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Carl Hayden: Aggressive, and I guess, deep kicks.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Carl Hayden: One thing that we both talked about is that it's a great school and a great town. It gives him an opportunity to have his talents highlighted. It sets him up with an opportunity to do what he wants to do with his life.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Carl Hayden: I expect him to accomplish anything that he sets his mind to. He's a hard-working kid, a tough kid who is going to a great program and I think he's going to be a great kicker for Oklahoma State.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Carl Hayden: I happened to be the freshman head coach when he came here and we started him off playing defensive end just because of his size. He was very good at defensive end until we noticed him kicking touchbacks in freshman football which really doesn't happen much. That's probably what I'm going to remember.


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