February 12, 2009

Green a go?

By all accounts wide receiver A.J. Green had a pretty fair freshman year. Don't you think?

Imagine what he would have done if he hadn't been nursing an injured groin for most of the 2008 campaign.

The WHOLE year?

"Yeah, pretty much," Green said. "I pretty much felt it all season, especially when I came out of my breaks. Anytime I'd start quick I'd kind of feel it, but once I got the adrenalin going, I was usually OK."

His final statistics suggested as much.

Injured groin and all, Green still led the SEC with 963 yards on 56 catches, which averaged out to 17.2 yards every time he touched the ball.

Unfortunately, the injury hasn't healed quite as quickly as team trainers had hoped.

With Spring Practice now a little over a month away, Green has been treated with kid's gloves to ensure the injury does not linger on past the spring.

Thus far, his winter workouts regiment has been limited compared to the other receivers.

"I'm still getting rehab on my groin, but I can only do what I can do," Green said. "I'm working upper-body, things like that, but so far not a lot of running."

How long that will be the case Green said remains to be seen.

"I just don't know," he said. "We're just not going to rush it. We'll just take it day by day and see what happens."

Spring practice for the Bulldogs gets underway Marcy 17 in preparation for the annual G-Day scheduled for April 11. Green hopes he'll be ready to go play by then.

"I feel like I'm getting better each day," he said. "I hope I can do it."

If not, Green said that he'll just turn his focus to summer workouts and getting himself ready for the 2009 opener at Oklahoma State.

He's already got one goal in mind. After just missing out on the 1,000-yard mark last year, Green is determined to make it happen with new quarterback Joe Cox.

"That's my goal," he said. "That's what is really pushing me. I want to make it happen. I want to show the Georgia fans what I can do when I'm healthy."

That's not all.

Green also hopes to add about 10 pounds to his 6-foot-4 frame, which would put him at 210, a weight he believes he can carry without hindering his speed.

"I don't think it's going to hurt me at all," he said. "At least I don't think it will."

Green said he's already hard at work with Cox to build the kind of repertoire he enjoyed with Matthew Stafford.

"Joe and I talk every day," he said. "Even when Stafford was still here we would still talk a lot. Joe's got a great arm and I can't see why it can't be a great season."

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