Has William Green's Time Finally Arrived?

William Green

Just over two years ago, William Green was one of the gems of the Florida Gators' recruiting class. The defensive end from Hoover, Alabama was a star player taken right from under Alabama's nose. Green was a Parade and EA Sports All-American and his signing was considered an amazing coup.

Now it's William Green's junior season and to this point his production has been minimal. He has been credited with 19 tackles in two seasons and has just one QB sack. However with Jermaine Cunningham and Carlos Dunlap having moved on, it's time for Green to try to tap into that potential and provide the edge rush that the Gator defense will need this fall.

Green said he's worked hard to be ready to take advantage of this opportunity. He says his weight is up to 250 pounds and he hopes to be able to maintain his weight and strength throughout the upcoming campaign.

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On low expectations for the Gator defensive line:

"We're very confident. If you don't have confidence in anything then you're not going to be able to do it. We're all very confident and very hungry. They ranked us (the defensive line) seventh in the SEC, which we all think is a bunch of crap. We're ready to get after it this year."

On what he's done to prepare himself for a bigger role:

"I'm definitely stronger and I've gotten bigger. I've worked really hard on technique as we all do, really hard."

Has it been hard to put on the weight you need to play at this level?

"It's been a challenge at times, but I'm up to 250 pounds right now and I'm moving better than I ever have before so I'm very confident about the upcoming year."

On his expectations for 2010:

"I've got to play a bigger role this year. I'm a junior now and I really have to step up. We lost J.C. and ‘Los (Cunningham and Dunlap) so it's time for me play every down now."

Do you, Duke Lemmens and Justin Trattou see yourselves as three starters sharing two jobs?

"We really haven't talked about that at all. All three of us are real tight and we just go out and work hard every day and try to get better."

Do you prefer one defensive end spot over the other?

"It doesn't matter to me as long as I get to go out there and play football."

On the highly touted freshmen coming in:

"It's a lot of motivation but it's our time to show those guys the way. They're coming from high school and there's a big difference between high school and college football. Those guys are all going to be good players. I can tell that from just being around them, but they still have to find the way."

On how he can help them with that transition:

"All of them are pretty smart. They ask a lot of questions. All I can do is fill them in and work with them as much as I can when they ask about techniques and assignments and stuff like that."

Is this going to be a good defense?

"This is going to be a great defense."

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William Green knows what these five stud freshmen are going through coming in with high expectations and having to transition to this level of play. It'll be a challenge for him to raise his own game and become a force on the Gator defense while at the same time trying to get the next generation of Gator defensive linemen ready to make an impact.

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