J.J. Green next man for Georgia football, moving back to backfield


J.J. Green is making the move from cornerback back to tailback to help support the injured Georgia backfield.

For Mark Richt’s Georgia Bulldog football program, it’s always been about “next man up.” Whether injury, discipline or dismissal, if the top player is unavailable, the next player available steps up and performs.

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This year, it’s been as much about next man over. When a player goes down, often a player must change position to cover the loss of depth.

This week sophomore defensive back J.J. Green moves back over to offense to cover for the loss of Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Sony Michel.

“It’s good that we’ve got a guy with a little bit of experience that played running back there last year that’s going to be able to fill in for us and help out at that position when we’re missing some guys with injury and other situations,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said.

Green’s switch is not permanent, but is dependent on other players health and availability.

A versatile athlete from Kingsland GA, Green played his prep ball at Camden County High School. Green recorded 39 tackles, 3 interceptions, 1 sack, 919 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns his senior season of high school and earned a spot on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2012 Super 11 and Class AAAAAA All-State first team.

Green appeared in 13 games last year with two starts. He finished the season second on the Georgia Bulldog football team in rushing with 384 yards and three touchdowns on 68 carries, and had 12 catches for 104 yards.