Carson Green understands the responsibility that comes with playing left tackle for Carroll’s football program.
Green (6-6, 275) moves from right tackle to left tackle for the Dragons for the upcoming 2016 season. And the senior continues a tradition of hallmark players who have occupied that position. The nuances have been shared about what it means to protect a quarterback’s blindside.
He worked with Lucas Tribble, who made his mark and is on his way to play in college at Yale. Green will anchor an offensive line that could be considered one of the best in program history.
“Lucas took me under his wing and helped me play calm and helped the whole offensive line to want to be the best,” Green said. “We all spent a lot of time bonding to become closer with one another.”
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Green may turn out to be one of the best to ever play at Carroll. At least, an SEC team believes he is one of the best. Featuring a wingspan that covers 72 inches, he verbally committed to Texas A&M back in April. That came about a month after he had committed to SMU. Verbal commitments are non-binding. The first day a recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.
The journey to Texas A&M went the unconventional route. Given Carroll’s reputation for producing Division I players, Green didn’t go through the summer camp series to create attention for himself. Programs will always stop by Carroll to see what’s available. He didn’t do it last summer.
When he visited College Station in April, the coaching staff didn’t have to do too much to sell. Within a couple of days after receiving his offer, Green committed. Other than SMU, his only other offer was from Houston. Green said he is the first member of his family who will be going to school at A&M.
Don’t look for any movement from him in terms of his recruitment. He said a couple of other schools reached out to him. However, he told them he was firm with his commitment.
There is a difference from playing left tackle and right tackle. At left tackle, that person has to play the position much more square and be able to use his hands a lot more. Basically, he has to do whatever he can to keep his quarterback from being hit.
“I expect Carson to be a strong leader for us,” Carroll coach Hal Wasson said. “He has worked very hard this offseason and assumed a role nicely for us. He is doing all of the right things to have a great season.”
Carroll’s 2016 offense is making a transition. While four of the five offensive linemen return, the program is replacing most of its wide receiver corps and its running game from the 2015 squad that went 9-3. That’s where the line and quarterback Mason Holmes have to be mentors and create a sense of calm.
“We just have to keep clicking and find some camaraderie,” he said. “There’s a lot we have to do. If everybody keeps practicing hard and treats every game like it’s a state championship game, then we have a chance to have a great season.”