S.J Green Makes Montreal Alouettes Roster

Tampa, FL – S.J. Green, a starting receiver for the University of South Florida Bulls in 2006, has made the roster of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Stay informed with USFNation.com


Tampa, FLS.J. Green, a starting receiver for the University of South Florida in 2006, has made the roster of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

The former Bull Green is listed as the starting right slot receiver on the Alouettes depth chart.

"It was rough sometimes. I‘ve never been through a pro training camp before. Overall it wasn't that bad, but it had its up and downs."

Green who signed with the Alouettes as a free agent this past May, had a solid preseason to make the Montreal roster catching everything thrown at him, regardless of the quality or precision of the pass.

"In the rookie camp there was approximately 17 receivers, and then after that camp broke we had training camp and there was another 17 receivers, so I was competing with about 35 guys."

Green, who never played Canadian league rules before, admitted that he is still going through the learning curve.

"The biggest differences for me really were how you line up. We can line up behind the line of scrimmage and get a running start and run up to the line of scrimmage. Also in Canadian football we only get three downs so it's a lot different in that aspect, another thing is special teams, you can choose offense or defense, and so that's a lot different too but other then that football is football."

The 6'2" 220 lbs rookie, continued to surprise the Alouettes coaching staff through out training camp, especially receivers coach Tim Kearse who liked Greens size and work ethic.  

"We had two preseason games and my first preseason game was a lot different then what we played in the United States" said Green, "It's a lot faster than what I was used to, with only three downs per possession you could be on and off the field very fast,"

Green made the first round of cuts. He passed the second round of cuts, and passed the third round to not only crack the opening-week roster, but be listed as a starter.

In Montreal's regular season opener last Friday night against Saskatchewan, Green had his first two pro catches, one for 23 yards and the other for 14 yards. S.J. also had 2 catches for 25 yards in a loss against Winnipeg on July 5th.

"It felt good making my first pro catches, but when it's said and done, it's just like catching a ball anywhere else."

Green had his best season in a Bulls uniform in 2006 where as a senior where made 20 catches for 358 yards and had two touchdowns. He finished his USF career with 62 catches for 864 yards and 5 touchdowns, and said he learned a lot during his time as a Bull.

"A big thing coming from USF that really helped me was going through the rough times. But Coach Leavitt was a tough coach, a tough minded coach. Playing under him kind of prepared me for the next level."

"Working with coach Dawsey helped me out a lot. He's been to the next level and he knows a lot about the ins and outs of being a wide receiver, so that really helped me out."

While Green continues to learn the new style of football, off the field he is adjusting as well.

 "It's a lot different from Florida, the weather is different, the cost of living is different, buying food is more expensive, and clothes are more expensive. The weather is definitely different, it's cold. I woke up one day for training camp and it was like fifty degrees outside in June."

S.J. has been playing football his whole life, now he's just learning the Canadian way to play it.

"I'm just going to continue to work hard, watch, listen and learn.

Stay informed with USFNation.com as we keep you updated on other Bulls as the enter training camp.

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