This is the 10th in a series of articles counting down the most important players for Florida State in 2012. There are 48 days until FSU football, and that's how many are left on the list. That means no off days. Oh, and these are not in any specific order.
Christian Green | 6'2, 206 | RS-Soph | Receiver
Related to former FSU standout receiver E.G. Green...tremendous athlete and leader who directed Tampa Catholic to the 2B state championship game as a senior and the third round of the playoffs as a junior...boasted a five-star rating from Scout.com, which also listed him as the No. 5 receiving prospect nationally...held four-star rating from Rivals and was the No. 7 "athlete" nationally, the No. 9 prospect in Florida and No. 61 nationally...SuperPrep Florida 115 had him as its No. 1 player in the state...ESPN rated him the No. 9 athlete in the class and No. 53 prospect...was No. 90 prospect by MaxPreps...participated in the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas...checked in at No. 65 of Sporting News' 2010 Top 100 list...passed for 777 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, while adding more than 500 rushing yards...also managed four receptions for 124 yards...a SuperPrep All-America 290 choice as the No. 3 receiver nationally...Times-Union rates Green as the No. 1 "athlete" among its Florida Super 75...ranked No. 17 in Bill Buchalter's Florida 100 as an "athlete"...coveted by many schools, Green ultimately selected FSU over Georgia with Florida third in his pecking order...born August 9, 1992. -- Seminoles.com Bio
The Countdown57: Cason Beatty, Punter
56: Terrence Brooks, Safety
55: Dan Hicks, Tight Ends
54: Clint Trickett, Quarterback
53: Rashad Greene, Receiver
52: Austin Barron, Center
51: Everett Dawkins, Defensive Tackle
50: Tank Carradine, Defensive End
49: Devonta Freeman, Running Back
48: Christian Green, Receiver
Green came to Florida State as an extremely athletic and equally raw wide receiver. He was injured in fall practice (shoulder) and ended up taking a redshirt for the 2010 season.
In 2011, he came on and played about like many would expect a highly touted freshman to do. His 26 catches for 450 yards was good for fourth and third on the team, respectively, in both categories. Green has excellent explosion and strength.
Green didn't catch any touchdowns in 2011, and his trouble with the 'turf monster' became somewhat of a running joke in the comment section. On one run in particular, Green made some excellent moves and sprinted to the end zone, only to be tripped up at the two.
But for all of his production in 2011, Green was still extremely raw. He did not show an advanced understanding of route running, and the best defenses Florida State faced (Oklahoma, Notre Dame & UF) were able to shut him down to the tune of a combined 3 catches for 30 yards.
Green came in with the 2010 recruiting class and was called the best athlete in the class by many (including Tomahawk Nation). Then he got injured in practice and many foolishly forgot about Green as he missed the season. I wrote that he may need a year to break out and that the 2012 season would probably be the better bet for his breakout. I was wrong, sort of. While Green was raw in 2011, his first season coming off injury, he still managed to showcase his incredible athleticism to the tune of 26 catches and 450 yards (17 per catch). I happen to think the touchdown stat it a bit silly because it has a lot to do with opportunity, but Green was shut out on that front, despite having two (or three?) catches go inside the four yard line only to trip up. Green is a phenomenal athlete with top speed and strength. He just needs to further learn how to play the position in what is his red-shirt sophomore year. A 600-yard campaign would not be shocking.
The top priority for Green in 2012 has to be further learning and implementing the intricacies of the position. Green still seems like an athlete playing the receiver position, but 100 coaches out of 100 would take a sophomore with his physical tools.
The projection of 600 yards from spring might be a bit optimistic if Florida State employs fewer multi-receiver sets (of no use if Manuel can't read them). In addition, the return of Willie Haulstead from his 2011 concussions might hurt Green's quest for 600 yards.
But make no mistake, Green is one of the better sophomore receivers in the country. He has as much potential as any receiver on the roster.
Green is just part of an excellent receiver group that might not be fully showcased because its quarterback doesn't quickly read the defense and get the ball to the playmakers, and because with a defense of rare caliber, an approach favoring fewer turnovers, negative plays and risk might be favored. That's not a criticism, but rather a plan playing to the strength of the team.
I continue to want to see Christian Green receive the ball on end around and reverses. His strength is excellent and he is difficult to tackle in the open field, particularly for smaller defensive backs. The 'wildcat' also applies here, particularly with Green playing QB in high school.