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Story by Cory Hall
Fifth-year senior Brandon Green looks to build off his comeback in 2011 to make the University of Minnesota's offense that much more potent, but even more than that, the Chicago, Ill. native hopes to guide and mentor a youthful receiving core this fall.
"Right now, I feel great about our receiving core," said Green. "We have a lot of talent out there and everyone is making plays. With having so many good receivers, it creates competition, which is a good thing to have because everyone wants to move up the depth chart."
Despite mentioning a number of fellow talented Gopher receivers expected to see time this season, which included Devin Crawford-Tufts, Marcus Jones and more, the 6-foot, 189 pound wide out is viewed as one of quarterback MarQueis Gray's top targets this fall. Green hoists 779 career receiving yards on 57 receptions, which are top marks amongst all receivers.
With being the lone senior wide receiver on the roster to witness any playing time, Green has made an impact on a number of youthful players, including Devin Crawford-Tufts, who had a breakout season during his freshman campaign in 2012.
"BG [Brandon Green] has really helped me develop as a player," said Carwford-Tufts. "If I have a question about anything, I always go to him because he has been here. He understands football, the coaches and a bunch of different positions, so I look up to him a lot."
When asked about how he feels Green will fit into the offense, Crawford-Tufts mentioned that the redshirt-senior can play all the receiving positions. The sophomore also stated that Green will see a lot of playing time because he has the 'ability to not only get open but also to really catch the ball'.
Another positive surrounding Green is the fact he is the in the same offensive system in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his career. With not having to change playbooks, he feels that it propels the team heading into the 2012 campaign.
"It means a lot to have the same coaching staff that we did last season. Everyone is more comfortable with the playbook, so we can move faster on the offensive side of the field. We only have a few new receivers this season, so everyone is on the same page and are able to help each other out."
With having been able to witness the coaching changes over the years, Green is not only viewed as a leader but some players jokingly call him 'Grandpa BG'.
"We call him 'Grandpa BG' or 'Grandpa' for short because of his age," Crawford-Tufts said with a smirk on his face. "He wears a lineman's brace, so we have a good time making fun of him for being old."
In response to the on-going joke between him and a number of the Gophers, Green simply states...
"I don't like it, but I have to go with it. Everyone is calling me old and giving me trouble about my knee brace, but I just take it as a joke. I am happy to still be here."