A.J. Green says he’s smarter, healthier and better

AthensA.J. Green remembers what it was like a year ago at this time: “just going out there and playing, not really knowing the plays, not able to read defenses and stuff like that.”

You’d never have known it from his stats, but Green says what you saw last year was not the full A.J. because his knowledge of the system was limited and his groin was bothering him all year.

He says he’s “smarter” and “healthier” now.

“I know the plays and know the system also,” he said. “I’m pretty comfortable.”

And: “It will be good to go out there without my groin hurting me in the middle of the game.”

All in all, Green  thinks the improved knowledge and health, plus a year’s experience, have made him “much better” than a year ago. And remember, he led the SEC in receiving yards as a freshman a year ago.

Other things will be different for Green this season, too, of course. He won’t have Mohamed Massaquoi as a fellow receiver, for one thing. And he’ll be catching passes from a different quarterback.

Asked the difference in catching balls from Joe Cox vs. Matthew Stafford, Green said: “Joe not as much heat, but he’s got a great touch. I think it’s  easier. Joe throws a good ball.”

Green’s 2009 season starts Saturday against a team, Oklahoma State, that also has a star receiver on its side, Dez Bryant. Green insists he isn’t concerned about any kind of personal showdown. “It doesn’t really matter to me, as long as we come out of there with a victory,” he said.

“When I was in high school, I saw [Bryant] play a couple of times [on video],” Green said. “I know he’s a real good receiver. On YouTube, they were comparing me and Julio [Jones] and him and all that.”

Green is interested to see how the rest of Geogia’s receiving corps unfolds on Saturday. Aside from him and fifth-year senior Michael Moore, the Bulldogs are looking for young talent to emerge, ASAP. Among those in the mix are Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten, two freshmen whose knowledge of the system is probably about the same as Green’s was at this time last year.

“Any one of them could have a breakout game,” Green said, “because that is the kind of potential they both have.”

As for himself, “I’m not as nervous as I was last year.”

72 comments Add your comment

G DAWG

September 2nd, 2009
9:35 am

The Dawgs are gonna raise some eyebrows Saturday.

BruffDawg

September 2nd, 2009
9:42 am

AJ is going to light them up. If not, he will move coverages and let our young guys grow up fast. Look for charles to have a huge game with OSU middle linebacker hurt (10-15 yard slant passes just like in the old days with watson, and pope).

D'Tavious

September 2nd, 2009
9:43 am

Is there a linebacker on Georgia’s schedule that can cover Orson Charles? That will be the fifth dimension for Georgia’s offense.

OK ST=Brokeback Mountain Cowboys

September 2nd, 2009
9:43 am

good offense and good defense (the dawgs) will usually win over better offense and poor defense.

Game day jitters might slow the us down the first series or two with all of the young players but that will wear off. 27-14 uga

Pi$$onaDawg

September 2nd, 2009
10:04 am

UGA player smarter? HAHAHA he learned to hand crank the lawn mower, or that it takes Fuel, Fire, and Air to run.

Dshep

September 2nd, 2009
10:04 am

I hope Heaven is as much fun as it is when football season finally arrives.

D'Tavious

September 2nd, 2009
10:12 am

“…he learned to hand crank the lawn mower, or that it takes Fuel, Fire, and Air to run.” Now that’s real intelligence!

correeen Browns (D)

September 2nd, 2009
10:31 am

Yall still got to play dem dare gatas so dont really matta if you beat corch Gundy’s boys.

fan

September 2nd, 2009
10:38 am

leave it to a tech fan to make a stupid comment. tech fans=idiots of the college football world

jaglaw

September 2nd, 2009
10:40 am

Coreen Brown, i get a kick at your posts. i live in florida and have to listen to her e-lit-or-et public comments way too often. who ever you are, you crack me up.

GeoffDawg

September 2nd, 2009
10:42 am

With the extra attention he’s obviously going to get this year, I’d be ecstatic if he could repeat his freshman year stats. I’m wondering if we’ll see him get thrown a few more screens in an effort to get him the ball in space? Also, nice to hear that he likes Joe’s touch on the ball. I like AJ’s chances to come down with any ball thrown in his general vicinity.

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September 2nd, 2009
11:04 am

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Saint Simons

September 2nd, 2009
11:17 am

just a reminder!!!!!!!!! 45 – 42 hahahahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahahaha

L-Dawg

September 2nd, 2009
11:18 am

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!!

BEING A FAN SURE BEATS BEING A HATER!!!!

GO DAWGS!!!!

3 SHORT DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!!

McDonger

September 2nd, 2009
11:24 am

correeen Browns (D), are you really as ignorant as you appear to be?

AceDawg

September 2nd, 2009
11:30 am

Go Green, Go Dawgs!! I hope to see Logan Gray connect with someone too.

HamDawg11

September 2nd, 2009
11:38 am

I wonder if Terrence Edwards is sitting somewhere worrying about his all-time UGA receiving record falling over the next few years. AJ’s got the tools to do it, even in just 3 years. I’m pulling for the guy.

OldSchoolDawg

September 2nd, 2009
11:46 am

Tim Tucker, any word on whether Gundy will let the DB/KR play? You know, the one who was arrested Monday? Perrish Cox is his name… I had read on ESPN that he will (try to) cover AJ, if he’s allowed.

LOVE THIS STUFF

September 2nd, 2009
12:18 pm

Hey guys just wanted to let you know that Saint Simons’ mom is’nt that bad once you shave her back. Although she is as stupid as him.

Midland Dog

September 2nd, 2009
12:19 pm

Don’t forget about Tavarres King. I think he’ll have a lot of catches this year. Time for the newbies to shine!!!

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Billy Bennett's Right Leg

September 2nd, 2009
1:30 pm

Teams will begin the games rolling a safety over to help on coverage of AJ. The other receivers will need to step up, as well as we have to be successful running the ball. Once we have the safeties worried about the other players, we should get AJ 1 on 1 against a cb, and I will take that chance 95% of the time.

Dawg Fan 4 Life

September 2nd, 2009
1:33 pm

Need a big year out of the TE position and that will help a lot. Why are King and Troup never mentioned? Thought those guys were supposed to be big-time recruits…

JB

September 2nd, 2009
1:57 pm

Saint Simmons mother is who we should feel sorry for. Her son , 42, still living in basement wearing the Burger King “king” outfit admiring his diploma from Tech. Gainsville Tech that is.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 2nd, 2009
2:03 pm

Pi$$onaDawg – come back to bed. I want some more.

Cameron

September 2nd, 2009
2:22 pm

Dawg Fan 4 Life

King and Troupe are mentioned all the time on Rivals and Scout. King will be the starter at slot-WR (when we start with 3 WRs). Look for King to make a lot of plays over the middle this year. He has the quickness to excel in the slot.

Troupe is the first backup to AJ. He has really come along in fall camp, after impressing in the spring. He isn’t as big of a target, but he is a great athlete. Look for him to have some opportunities to make plays on Saturday.

Both will be key for UGA this year. After Moore and AJ, we don’t have a lot of proven players. Troupe and King will be counted on next. Then, it will be up to Marlon and Wooten to emerge.

shards1967

September 2nd, 2009
2:25 pm

I really expect the Frosh to make major contributions on the season. I see Orson Charles doing some major damage, Last year, we did not utilize the tight ends and so, the film does not suggest that we have a T.E. scheme. We really have not used the T.E for three years. Frosh Fred Lynne is also decent at tight end along with Aron White, etc. We will utilize them and the wide out duo of Marlon and Rontavious, complimenting AJ’s efforts. Safeties will be very busy this game.

I see frankly, Joe Cox and/or Logan Gray rolling out and hitting them all over the field. Our QB will be protected by a convoy of DOUBLE fullbacks. He can run it, throw it short or the intermediate pass to AJ or Marlon …………it is gonna be fun.

Samuels and the bevy of backs will wrap it up late with the ground game. Look out for Carlton Thomas. If he hits a seam ………………bye bye.

Exley DAWG

September 2nd, 2009
2:35 pm

The 1st play needs to go to AJ. Then run it 14 times up the middle until their linebackers are beaten to a bloody pulp!

BigMike

September 2nd, 2009
2:38 pm

Pi$$onaDawg, ” You are who we thought you were”, A mindless, gutless, nobody trying to fit into the Dawgpound. You were probably that guy that didn’t get the girl, cheered with your pom-poms on Friday nights, and walked across someones college campus to say you went there. You call yourself Pi$$onaDawg, but I’m willing to bet you that you’ve been pi$$ed on often. P.S. i bet in your little ‘Homo world” you call them lemonade baths sissssssssy!!!!

LoelGator

September 2nd, 2009
2:53 pm

Just remember, all schools play kids,,, they are basically just out of high school at all schools. don’t worry about the youth, just the talent

Saint Simons

September 2nd, 2009
3:00 pm

SMARTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

Catfish Suppa

September 2nd, 2009
3:02 pm

that Saban sure got a pretty mouth

richtfan

September 2nd, 2009
3:06 pm

don’t the tickle pile types have their own issues to worry about?

GEORGIA97

September 2nd, 2009
3:11 pm

Saint Simons: You really need to come up with something new because you’re one living in the past SOB. It’s funny how you think one game trumps getting beat for 7 previous years.

#1 GEORGIA FAN!!!

September 2nd, 2009
3:31 pm

GO DAWGS! 3 DAYS LEFT I CAN’T WAIT!!! GOOD LUCK GUYS!! GREEN WILL DO A WONDERFUL JOB. BUT I’M JUST CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN WITH MATTHEW STAFFORD AND KNOWSHON MORENO GONE…. WE MIGHT ALL BE SHOCKED WHEN THE NUBBIES COME OUT AND KICK AS* AND TAKE NAMES!!!!! GO GEORGIA!!!! WE WILL MAKE IT TO THE SEC AGAIN!!!

Gary

September 2nd, 2009
3:39 pm

He techie, how do you have time to comment on this blog and sew up your stormtrooper outfit for draggoncon?

SouthBendDawg

September 2nd, 2009
3:54 pm

LOVE THIS STUFF – So that’s where I went wrong with Saint Simons mom. I forgot to flip her over!

Paddy

September 2nd, 2009
3:55 pm

Orson Charles, thats the guy who is going to do some damage.

Jake7

September 2nd, 2009
3:55 pm

I was watching ALL the receivers on Rivals video……AND you would NOT believe AJ’s first steps off the LINE. There was NO comparison with the other receivers……and THEY are NOT CHOP LIVER!!LOOK for a BIG year from AJ!!!

Jake7

September 2nd, 2009
4:03 pm

ALL BLOGGERS……PLEASE don’t give SS any mention…..he\she WANTS ATTENTION !! Waste of space !

RxDawg

September 2nd, 2009
4:12 pm

Bruffdawg, I agree that our TE’s are going to have a huge game. I thought that before OSU’s LB got hurt. However, I gota say this. Everyone keeps talking about Orson Charles and how hes going to breakout. I think he will play and may do just fine. But it’s Aron White thats going to breakout. I bet he has 100 yards receiving with a score or two.

Not only that, whats our TE situation going to be like when whatshisname comes back from that 6 game suspension? Remeber he is the oldest TE on the team and was the original starter. Looks like we might be back to old form for TE’s at UGA.

marcellus

September 2nd, 2009
4:18 pm

Looks like everyb ody’s juiced up – same here

-Speed Kills – I look for our “D” to do the ususal SEC vs. “power conference” display of speed.

-I know that Dez put up some numbers last year, but Pettigrew is gone-

-Look for the O-Line to wear their D out-by late 3rd-4th qtr, they’ll be gassed-

-Anxious to see if Samuel is as fast to the corner as Edwards was

Go Dawgs-

LOVE THIS STUFF

September 2nd, 2009
4:21 pm

SouthBendDawg- I did not have a choice because of the line of guys waiting. She told me that no matter how many times Saint simons tried he never do her like DAWG fans.

D'Tavious

September 2nd, 2009
4:23 pm

Has anyone noticed: OSU doesn’t have a DT over 299 lbs. and doesn’t have a CB or S over 6 ft. Who is going to stop Samuel et. al and who is going to defend Green and Charles?

Dawg Pound

September 2nd, 2009
4:27 pm

Dawgs in a laugher saturday. Dawgs by two touchdowns at least!

marcellus

September 2nd, 2009
4:28 pm

D’Tav-

Losing their LB was a tough blow – the O-line should dominate

I am very interested to see what role Charles plays-

Thomas should be an excellent change of pace back for us

marcellus

September 2nd, 2009
4:33 pm

DP-

I kinda agree with you-I think it gets ugly late

Just don’t be surprised if they score early-emotion

Our best D against their O will be a 6-7 minute drive w/ lots of Samuel & Thomas- That should wear down that sorry D, & lights out late

thoughts..

D'Tavious

September 2nd, 2009
4:34 pm

Oops. Forgot Marlon Brown at 6′5″

Saint Simons

September 2nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Actually 45-42 refers to waist size of the women I pay for companionship. My mom doesn’t like the fact I spend her SSI checks on fat women, but it sure beats when her boyfriend comes home and tells me to get off the computer and slaps me around. Man my life sucks

Dawg Fan 4 Life

September 2nd, 2009
4:35 pm

Cameron, thanks for the info!