Some notes from a group interview with Georgia Tech wide receiver Jeff Greene.
1. Greene looks at the competition at wide receiver as open. Greene will compete with Darren Waller, Chris Jackson, Jeremy Moore and incoming freshmen Anthony Autry, Travin Henry and Micheal Summers.
“Everybody has the chance to play,” he said. “You’ve just got to go out there and fight for that spot, fight for that job.”
2. In the past, receptions have not been distributed particularly evenly. Last season, Stephen Hill led with 28 followed by Tyler Melton with 17. In 2010, Hill led with 15 (that is crazy). The second wide receiver was Correy Earls with nine. In 2009, it was most pronounced. Demaryius Thomas had 46 and Hill had six. In 2008, Thomas had 39 and Melton was next among receivers with five.
Greene’s explanation: “You have a big target in Steve. We already knew that if it was a go route, he’s most likely going to get (past) the DB. You just already knew he was going to be open.”
The gap may not be so wide this year.
“With the receivers we have, if you’re open, you’ve just got to go make the play,” he said. “Whoever gets thrown to, any time, we have to be ready.”
3. On not having made a catch last year: “It’s nothing that we can control, but when you do get the ball thrown your way, (you have to be) hungry for it, just be able to go up and get it and make that first catch.”
4. On the to-do list provided to him by receivers coach Buzz Preston and coach Paul Johnson: Route running, getting off press coverage, conditioning.
“Just mainly getting the stamina up there, make sure I’m ready to go at all times, even if I have to do 50 plays in a row,” he said.
5. Greene is 6-foot-5, 210 pounds. He’s trying to add another five before fall camp starts. With all of the running he’s been doing, he said, it’s been hard to put on weight.
“You put the weight on,” he said, “next day, you break it all off.”
6. As was the case last year, skill-position players are conducting seven-on-seven sessions with players from Georgia State and Morehouse, typically once a week. They’ve also gone out and thrown on the weekends.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the weekend.
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog