Green Sets Sites On Winning Season
By Ryan Rogers
Jarvis Green heads into the 2000 football season with high expectations. The junior defensive end would like to stay healthy and play at the top of his game.
“I’m very excited about this year and I just can?t wait for Sept. 2 so we can get the season started,” said Green.
Green, who was named a freshman All-America in 1998, will be counted on to be solid for the Tigers 2000. In 1998 he set an LSU record for sacks by a freshman with eight. He will play defensive end where he is more comfortable in the new 4-3 scheme. Under Lou Tepper’s 3-4 defensive scheme, Green shuffled back and forth from an interior defensive lineman to rush linebacker.
“I feel very comfortable in my position in the new scheme. We all have to learn new responsibilities but it all comes down to everyone fulfilling their individual roles which will help the defensive line be successful.”
Green has great size and is very quick off of the ball. He will be a force for opponents to deal with especially on passing downs. Green should provide a consistent pass rush from the weak side. That’s something the LSU defense has lacked since the departure of defensive end Gabe Northern several years ago.
After only two seasons, however, Green is more than half way to the LSU career record for sacks. With 15 in two years, he needs 11 in his final two seasons to surpass the school record of 25 set by Rydell Malancon from 1980-83.
Green likes what he sees in the defensive front so far.
“Everything has gone really well in early practices. We look a lot better especially in the defensive line and linebackers,? said Green.
The Tigers are indeed improved on the defensive front. With the emergence of Muskingum Barnes at defensive tackle and the return of many good experienced players such as Kareem Mitchell, Kenderick Allen, Byron Dawson and a healthy Jarvis Green give the Tigers a solid front four.
Also, the addition of junior college transfer DT Howard Green, Jarvis’ cousin, gives the Tigers an assortment of depth.
With the third Green on the roster Jarvis feels right at home in Baton Rouge. Already teamed up with his brother linebacker Jason Green, now the Donaldsonville trio is a family on LSU’s football team.
“It’s cool to have them around. We grew up together. I never thought we’d get a chance to play together,” said Green.
With Jarvis starting, Howard possibly starting, and Jason battling for playing time, a “Green Wave” may be attacking opposing offenses in 2000.
That is of course LSU’s version of the “Green Wave.”
Green’s extraordinary athletic ability will be utilized by defensive coordinator Phil Elmassian. Green will be moved around from time to time giving him lots of different looks at the offense.
“The main part of defense really is us just putting our heads in and being physical. We need to be very aggressive on the line and give a good push on every down to free up the linebackers.”
With two young rising star linebackers in Bradie James and Treverance Faulk, a strong defensive line will be an excellent compliment. In all, if the Tigers can find that combination they will cause havoc for opponents.
Green has one main goal going into this year.
“Our goal is to have a winning season. We want to take it game by game and see how things go.”
Green has a very simple answer for what the team will have to do in order to accomplish this.
“Play 100 percent and get the job done for four quarters.”