Marcus Green has gotten bigger and is just as fast.
“I gained about 20 pounds and my speed’s still the same. A lot of people are saying that’s scary,” Green says.
The former North Pontotoc star receiver and back has spent the last year working on his body – and the Louisiana-Monroe playbook. He redshirted his freshman season, but did everything the starters did except play.
“I’ve haven’t played a game in almost a year,” Green said. “I’m ready to get on the field and show everybody what I can do.”
Fall camp was a tryout of sorts, to determine who may need a redshirt year. Green says it was learning the playbook and signals that he needed more time to grasp.
He was fine with it, wanting to gain some weight anyway and get ready to move to outside receiver.
“High school, I just looked at an armband,” Green said. “Coach (Brian) Sutton called a formation, we’d go. In college, you’ve got three coaches signaling in play calls so fast.”
Green popped on the Mississippi scene when he ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the Tupelo Combine. Not many hours later, the Warhawks offered. His last season at North, Green totaled 1,723 yards and 23 touchdowns, both team-highs.
He’s getting more than football experience, too. He chose to make the trip to New Mexico with the team, his first time that far west.
ULM went 4-8, but played within 21-16 at Texas A&M and lost by seven against Sun Belt foe and bowl game winner Louisiana-Lafayette. The schedule again provides a big stage, two against the Southeastern Conference.
The Warhawks play at Alabama and at Georgia (with Tupelo DB Jarvis Wilson a Bulldog now). ULM also goes to Hawaii.
“We’re looking forward to that. We played good against SEC teams. Defensively, we held up with every team. We couldn’t get anything going offensively and that’s what we’re looking to change next year,” Green said.
Green can have a major say in that. He’s been hinting to coach Todd Berry about getting in some Wildcat like he did a lot of in Ecru.
He also says he hasn’t ruled out giving two sports a try. He averaged a team-high 15 points per game his senior prep season in basketball, a sport he admittedly misses and wouldn’t mind walking on, playing intramurals at least.
Green can still be found at plenty of North Pontotoc games.
“I just want to have a winning record, go to a bowl game hopefully,” Green said, “whatever the season holds, I’m ready for it.”