Georgia Football: Why J.J. Green Will Have a Breakout 2013 Season

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IMarch 17, 2013

Nov 26, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs mascot Hairy Dog celebrates with cheerleaders after the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Georgia defeated Georgia Tech 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports
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After taking a week off from spring drills due to spring break, the Georgia Bulldogs will be back on the practice field on Tuesday to get ready for the G-Day game which will take place April 6.

The Bulldogs are hoping to have some of their injured players back on the field, specifically running back Keith Marshall, who is nursing a hamstring injury. They also would like to have backup running back Brandon Harton back, as he is also nursing an injury.

Because of the injuries at running back and Ken Malcome transferring, that leaves the running back position thin.

But offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has given J.J. Green a chance to play offense, and from the looks of things, he will be a difference-maker this upcoming season.

Green was originally recruited as a cornerback from Kingsland, Georgia, this past fall. He graduated early from Camden County High School an enrolled at Georgia this January. In the three practices the Bulldogs have had this spring, Green has been working on the offensive side of the ball where he’s been playing running back and wide receiver.

Once Marshall and Harton return to the lineup, Green will focus on receiver as well as cornerback. But it’s almost certain that Green will see playing time this year and will be an impact player.

Standing at 5’9’’ and 171 pounds, Green is not going to intimidate SEC opponents with his size. But what he lack in size, he makes up for it with his speed, which is why he will likely see more time on offense than on defense.

The Bulldogs already have enough weapons on offense, but having Green in the mix gives the Bulldogs another wrinkle to their system, and that will cause their opponents more headaches.

In Green’s senior season at Camden County, he recorded 39 tackles and three interceptions on defense while rushing for 919 yards and scoring 16 total touchdowns on offense according to his bio.

Green will be what Malcolm Mitchell was a couple of years ago. Mitchell was recruited as a defensive back from Valdosta, Ga., but made waves as a wide receiver. Mitchell is back for his junior season which is good for Green because he can learn a lot from Mitchell if he hasn’t already.

And let’s not forget about special teams because Green can be a contributor there as well. At Camden County last season, Green returned two kicks for touchdowns. The year before that, Green had six total touchdowns on kick and punt returns.

When it comes down to it, Green can do it all on the football field. He has the speed and the hands to play on offense, he has the toughness and tackling ability to play on defense and he has the playmaking ability to return kicks and punts.

It’s not a done deal as to where he will play in the fall, but if one thing is certain, he will be one of the few true freshmen that will see a lot of action, and the Bulldogs will be a better team because of it.