June 25, 2009

Green impressed with freshmen wideouts

A.J. Green will be the first to admit that he's not the best at vocalizing to teammates what he has on his mind.

But he's trying.

Although he's just a sophomore, the Freshman All-American is trying to take a leadership role with the rest of the receivers, particularly when it comes to freshmen Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten.

"I'm trying to be more of a leader, be more vocal," Green said. "It's all fun. I'm just trying to teach the young guys what I can because I was in that same position last year."

Green understands why his words would carry considerable weight.

As a freshman, the South Carolina native enjoyed a marvelous campaign catching 56 passes for 963 yards and eight touchdowns and due to that success, young impressionable teammates are more apt to listen to what he has to say.

"I know they look at me for last year and I hope they can go out and do the same thing," Green said. "But they've got to work, and that's what I tell them. Keep working."

So far, Green likes what he sees.

According to Green, Wooten is currently working out at the same flanker position while Brown is seeing time at split end, along with senior Mike Moore.

"Both guys are learning fast and I think will be able to help us this year," Green said. "Wooten's got great speed and he's so smooth. Marlon's got a big body, can run and has great hands."

Like most young receivers, Green said the pair is still adjusting to reading coverages but said "that will come."

Green dismissed the notion that Brown is "a little raw" when it comes to his football skills.

"Maybe a little bit, but not much," he said. "He's just learning some things. It's tough to pick up everything right away but he's picking it up pretty fast."

Wooten and Brown will need to be ready.

Georgia's numbers at wide receivers are relatively light with just six scholarship players available this fall after Tony Wilson left the team and Kris Durham out for the year following surgery last spring. That leaves Mike Moore, Tavarres King and Israel Troupe as the lone remaining scholarship wideouts, meaning both Wooten and Brown will get their chance to shine.

"They both like to compete," Green said. "Both of those guys will get their chance."

Green didn't forget about Orson Charles.

Although a tight end, Charles has seen time at the flex position and even joked to Green that he's there to make his job easier.

"Orson's another guy I've been real impressed with. He can run like a receiver and has hands like a receiver," Green said. "He's always joking that he came here to get all the double-teams off of me. He's going to be something special."

Green said he's not worried about whatever double-teams he might encounter.

"I'm not concerned," he said. "I know my game and I've got trust in the coaches that they're going to put me in position to make plays. But we've also got guys who I expect will step up and take care of that."

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