Tailback Broderick Green came into Saturday's game against Washington State with just fourteen carries on the year, so it was no surprise that the physical back from Arkansas was exhausted after carrying the ball a career-high eighteen times against the Cougars.
"I thought it was good to see Broderick (Green) get his chance, and to get him rumbling," Carroll said after the Trojans 69-0 victory. "This was his first chance to really play with any consistency and he did a good job."
With the Trojans limited at tailback because of injuries, redshirt freshman Broderick Green received increased playing time and made the most of his opportunity by rushing for a team-high 123 yards and two touchdowns.
"I wanted to make the most of my opportunities and make sure I made big plays," Green said of his performance. "I just went with the flow and let it happen."
The 6-2, 235-pound back ran tough between the tackles as expected, but also showed good footwork and quickness in the open field, breaking off an impressive 37-yard gain as well as scoring on an 18-yard run.
"You can see the kind of runner that he is and the style that he has," said Carroll. "It's an exciting style to add with the other guys that we have. He brings it, and he is good in the open field as well.
"He ran up inside well. He ran over some guys and he was able to make things happen in the open field."
"The opportunity is there and this is a guy that when given the chance showed really, really well," Carroll said. "He made a great statement for himself and we haven't had any trouble playing four backs in a game.
"He's a good hard running back. There aren't many backs that are close to 240 pounds in college football. He'a freshman, he's just getting warmed up."
Along with Green's breakout performance came several calls of congratulations from friends and family back in Arkansas.
"Everybody has been excited," Green said with a big smile. "I have been talking to my mom, my brothers and my high school coach. Everybody is proud, and I am too."
News and Notes
- Joe McKnight, Zack Heberer, Butch Lewis, Everson Griffen, Jordan Campbell, Jimmy Miller, Vidal Hazelton, Jordan Cameron and Chris Pousson all returned to practice on Monday after missing last week with injuries or illnesses.
- Joe Mc Knight went through special teams and individual drills in practice today and said his toe is at ninety percent.
- Defensive end Gerald Washington (sprained ankle) and cornerback Cary Harris (hamstring strain) both missed practice on Monday. Harris said he has been receiving treatment and expects to be back on the practice field Wednesday.
- Offensive lineman Nick Howell, who started at right tackle in place of Butch Lewis (illness), continued to work with the first-team offense and appears to be on pace to start in front of Lewis again this week. Carroll raved about Howell, who had 22 knockdowns against the Cougars on Saturday.
- After practice, Pete Carroll had high praise for quarterback Willie Tuitama Arizona's offense. "This is the best equipped offense that we've faced," Carroll said of the Wildcats. "This is the most geared up offense we have seen in a while."