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Skyler Green

Height: 5-09 | Weight: 192 | College: LSU
 
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Overview

Green is a versatile athlete who has been used in a variety of roles for the Tigers, much like Josh Reed (Buffalo) was used in the past. One of the team's four captains, Green's family has a long history at Louisiana State. His cousins, Jarvis and Howard Green, were defensive line standouts for the Tigers and played for New England and New Orleans, respectively.

Green was a New Orleans Times-Picayune Top 15 Blue Chip list selection at Higgins High School. He also earned Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and Dallas Morning News Top 100 honors. Green was District MVP and also named MVP of the All-New Orleans Metro team.

He rushed for 2,174 yards on 194 carries from the quarterback position as a senior. In the state Class 5A playoffs, he rushed for 224 yards and threw for 124 yards in a first-round loss to Catholic High School, adding first-team All-State honors to his resume.

As a true freshman at Louisiana State, Green appeared in seven games, stepping in to fill the void in the receiving unit when Devery Henderson suffered a broken arm vs. Mississippi. He finished with 123 yards and a touchdown on seven catches (17.6 avg) and rushed three times for 28 yards.

Green played in fourteen games, starting four times on offense, but earned national recognition as a return specialist. He garnered All-American first-team accolades from ESPN and Sports Illustrated as he led the nation with 462 yards and two touchdowns on 25 punt returns (18.5 avg). He gained 188 yards on nine kickoff returns (20.9 avg) and carried eight times for 90 yards (11.2 avg) and a score. Green also ranked third on the team with a career-high 48 receptions for 519 yards (10.8 avg) and five scores.

Green suffered a high ankle sprain during 2004 fall camp and re-injured it in the season opener vs. Oregon State. The injury limited him to ten games and four starts, as he was hampered throughout the year. He finished fourth on the team with 24 catches for 219 yards (9.1 avg) and three touchdowns. Green collected 14 yards on four reverses, 243 yards and a score on 25 punt returns (9.7 avg) and 249 yards on eleven kickoff returns (22.6 avg) while also recording a solo tackle.

Considered field fast, Green seemed to lack the explosive burst he showed earlier in his career during his senior campaign. He started three of the team's first nine games and managed only 27 receptions for 211 yards (7.8 avg) and no touchdowns. He picked up 79 yards on seven carries (11.3 avg) and 226 yards on eleven kickoff returns (20.5 avg). Green also ranked eleventh in the nation with a 14.8-yard average on 19 punt returns, gaining 281 yards with a touchdown.

In 40 games with the Tigers, Green earned eleven starts. He caught 106 passes for 1,072 yards (10.1 avg) and nine touchdowns, adding 211 yards and a score on 21 carries (9.6 avg). Green returned 31 kickoffs for 663 yards (21.4 avg) and 69 punts for 986 yards (14.3 avg) and four touchdowns. His 986 yards via punt returns is the second-best figure in school history and his four returns for scores established an LSU career-record.

Analysis

Positives: Has a compact, but very muscular frame with a thick chest, broad shoulders, good bubble and knotted calves … Productive slot receiver who has a fearless attitude, showing urgency going up for the ball when catching in a crowd … Has the speed, body control and change of direction agility to generate long acceleration and elude in the open … Demonstrates the proper tilt and lean in his line release, using his hands with force to prevent from being rerouted vs. the press … Uses effective head and shoulder fakes, especially when stabbing and stemming to set up the defensive backs … Has the body control to settle and break with a good burst … Will take a punishing shot and still hang on to the ball when working in a crowd … Very good leaper with the timing to go up and get the ball at its high point … Natural hands catcher who will usually pluck and extend away from the body … Shows excellent vision and run instincts, gaining big yardage while squeezing through tight spaces as a returner … Has the leg strength needed to break tackles … Is fluid making adjustments getting to off-target throws … Elusive punt returner who is quick to change directions.

Negatives: Might still be favoring his ankle injury, as he failed to demonstrate a consistent burst and explosion as a senior … Will generally gear down to change direction in attempts to compensate for his ankle … Will lose his feet at times when attempting to stutter-and-go coming off his release … Willing to block, but size issues make him a bit of liability when attempting to face up and sustain at the line of scrimmage … Better cut blocker in the open, but needs to keep his shoulders square and head up before attacking linebackers at the second level … Despite good ability to extend for the ball, he has smaller than ideal hands (8 3/8-inch) and shorter than ideal arm length (29-inches) … Has good field vision and alertness, but his low test score (8/17) is a concern.

Green is a compactly built athlete with thick muscle tone throughout his frame. He has developed into an effective slot receiver known for his explosiveness and game-breaking ability. However, based on 2005 performances, he seems to have lost a step or is possibly still recovering from nagging ankle problems that plagued his junior season.

He shows good athleticism, speed, quickness, body control and change of direction agility. Green has good field vision and makes good decisions as a returner, waiting patiently for his coverage blocks to develop. He can generate a quick burst off the line and uses head and shoulder fakes effectively to stab and stem to set up the cornerbacks.

The ankle injury seems to still cause him problems, especially when breaking off his routes or having to cut sharply. When healthy, Green displays the deep speed and long acceleration to be a deep threat, but in the last two years he has had only three catches for 20 yards or longer among his 51 receptions.

Green uses his hand strength effectively to defeat the jam and his low center of gravity and leg drive makes it tough for defenders to reroute him. He shows adequate body control to settle and break out of his cuts. Despite his size, he shows no hesitation going up for the ball in a crowd. He is a natural hands catcher who does a nice job of hanging on to the ball while absorbing punishing hits.

Green really excels working the middle of the field as a slot receiver. He shows true courage taking on the bigger defenders to make the play and has a good feel for how to separate after the catch. He is very confident in his ability to make the play and when healthy, has a knack for turning the corner and racing past defenders.

His body control is evident with his ability to adjust high, low or behind to keep a relationship on the ball. He is adept at making the over-the-shoulder grabs and has the quickness to easily change direction when the lanes are clogged.

Green also has fine leaping ability, showing proper timing to go up and get the ball at its high point. He will reach and pluck the ball away from the body's frame and you will rarely see him cradle or double catch the ball.

His size limitations come into play when asked to block. He is a fearless sort who gives total effort, but he lacks the bulk to face up and sustain at the line of scrimmage. He is better as a cut blocker, but will duck his head at times before gaining position on a linebacker when working in the second level.

There are a lot of similarities in Green's game to that of Pittsburgh's Antwaan Randle-El. Both are known for their versatility and ability to be used as a slot receiver, split wide, in the flank, in motion as a mini H-back, on reverses and punt and kickoff returns. The ankle injury suffered in 2004 might be the cause for the lack of explosiveness and minimal production as a receiver during his senior year. He looks as if he still favors the ankle as he tends to gear down before cutting.

While his production on special teams will be his meal ticket at the next level, he can also give some reserve value as a receiver. If that explosive burst he demonstrated before his injury returns, look for Green to be a dangerous game-breaker in the pros.

Career Notes

Started eleven of forty games during his Louisiana State career … One of the few athletes in school annals to record a touchdown running, receiving and returning punts in a career … Totaled 1,072 yards with nine touchdowns on 106 receptions (10.1 avg) … Collected 211 yards with a score on 22 carries (9.6 avg) … Gained 663 yards on 31 kickoff returns (21.4 avg) … Amassed 986 yards on 69 punt returns … Only Domanick Davis (1,126 yards, 1999-2002) gained more yards on punt returns in a career for the Tigers … His four punt returns for touchdowns set a school all-time record, breaking the previous mark of three by Tommy Cassanova (1968-70) … His 2003 total of 462 yards on punt returns rank fourth on the school's single-season record list behind Young Bussey (465 in 1937), Davis (499 in 2002) and Pinky Rohm (539 in 1937).

2005 Season

The consensus All-Southeastern Conference preseason selection also served as one of the team's four captains … Green struggled most of his senior campaign … He started vs. Missiassippi State, Auburn and Alabama while sharing "Z" receiver (flanker) duties with Dwayne Bowe … Managed to catch 27 passes for 211 yards (7.8 avg) with no touchdowns … Nine of his receptions were good for first downs, including four coming on third-down plays … Had a season-long 23-yard grab … Gained 79 yards on seven carries (11.3 avg) and 226 yards on eleven kickoff returns (22.0 avg) … Ranks eleventh in the nation with 281 yards and a touchdown on 19 punt returns (14.8 avg) … Also fumbled four times.

2005 Game Analysis

Arizona State … opened the season with 41 yards on three catches, adding 41 yards on a reverse and 9 yards on a kickoff return … In the fourth quarter, Green gained 13 yards on a third-and-9 toss from QB JaMarcus Russell, followed by a 41-yard reverse to set up a 5-yard touchdown run by halfback Joseph Addai that capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive … Head to Head Competition -- CB Keno Walter-White.

Tennessee … Added 10 yards on two catches, but fumbled once … Rushed once for no gain … Returned two kickoffs for 47 yards and five punts for 90 yards … Picked up 25 yards on a punt return in the second quarter, followed by a 16-yarder with 2:34 left in the first half … On a third-and-3 reverse in the third quarter, Green was stripped of the ball after he was tackled by linebacker Kevin Simon, but LSU retained possession when the ball rolled out of bounds … Made up for that miscue later in the third quarter with a 36-yard kickoff return … His third quarter 27-yard punt return had another five yards tacked on when Tennessee's Ja'Kouri Williams was penalized for grabbing Green's face mask … Head to Head Competition -- CB Jason Allen.

Mississippi State … In his first start for 2005, Green responded with nine receptions for 64 yards … Three of those grabs were good for first downs … Had a 30-yard kickoff return and amassed 78 yards on five punt returns … Returned LSU's first kickoff 30 yards … Had a pair of 8-yard catches to help set up a 36-yard touchdown run by Xavier Carter later in the first quarter … Converted a third quarter third-and-8 toss from QB JaMarcus Russell into a 12-yard gain … On the team's next drive, Green caught a 9-yard slant pass to set up Russell's 44-yard scoring strike to Dwayne Bowe … That followed by with a 37-yard punt return to set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge by halfback Joseph Addai with 1:38 left in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Kevin Dockery.

Vanderbilt … Snared three passes for 34 yards … Gained 8 yards on a reverse … Returned two kickoffs for 53 yards, but fumbled once … Also had three punt returns for 34 yards … Fielded a Bryant Hahnfeldt kickoff at the LSU 10, but fumbled the ball, recovering it to gain 16 yards, but was penalized for a personal foul on the play, pushing the ball back to the LSU 12 … Had a 17-yard punt return in the second quarter, but LSU was penalized ten yards for holding on the play … Added a 38-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, followed by a 23-yard catch on a third-and-9 play … Head to Head Competition -- CB Andrew Pace.

Florida … Dropped the only pass targeted to his area … Gained 44 yards on two kickoff returns and 1 yard on a punt return … Head to Head Competition -- CB Demetrice Webb.

Auburn … Started vs. the Tigers, catching five passes for 27 yards … Added 17 yards on a reverse and 65 yards on two punt returns, but fumbled once … Returned a first quarter punt 66 yards for a touchdown … Fumbled a second quarter punt return when he was tackled by Jon Wilhite for a 1-yard loss and was then stopped for a 2-yard loss by Karibi Dede after catching a pass in the backfield … Added a 17-yard reverse in the third quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Jon Wilhite.

North Texas … Totaled 30 yards on three receptions, 13 yards on two carries, 15 yards on a kickoff return, but fumbled on a 4-yard punt return … Tackled for a 2-yard loss by defensive end Jeremiah Chapman on a reverse during the game's opening drive … Made up for that miscue with an 18-yard catch four plays later … Forced the team to punt midway through the first quarter when he dropped a third-and-9 toss from JaMarcuss Russell … On the next drive, Green caught a 7-yard pass, but Chapman was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul on that play … In the second quarter, nose guard Eddrick Gilmore caused Green to fumble on a punt return, but the ball was recovered by LSU's Justin Vincent … Followed with a 13-yard reverse … Head to Head Competition -- CB T.J. Covington.

Appalachian State … Had an 8-yard reception and an 8-yard punt return … Head to Head Competition -- CB Justin Woazeah.

Alabama … Earned his third start for the season, catching a 4-yard pass while running for a 2-yard gain … Also had a 1-yard punt return and two kickoff returns for 28 yards … Head to Head Competition -- CB Anthony Madison.

2004 Season

Earned All-Southeastern Conference honorable mention from the Associated Press, despite being hampered all year by a left high ankle sprain and a right knee patella micro-fracture … Played in ten games, starting four contests … Finished fourth on the team with 24 receptions for 219 yards (9.1 avg) and three touchdowns … Of the 47 passes targeted to Green, he converted twelve into first downs, including four on third-down plays … Rushed four times for 14 yards and gained 249 yards on eleven kickoff returns (22.6 avg) … Had 25 punt returns for 243 yards (9.7 avg) and a touchdown, but also fumbled twice.

2004 Game Analysis

Oregon State … Started the season opener, catching two passes for 16 yards and a touchdown … Gained 43 yards on two kickoff returns … Had a 9-yard punt return … With blowing rain, nearby lightning and thunder cracking, Green fielded the game's opening kickoff and gained 13 yards before fumbling the ball that was recovered by linebacker Keith Ellerson, setting up a 6-yard touchdown pass from OSU QB Derek Anderson to George Gillett … On the next drive, Green was tackled for a 6-yard loss by defensive end Bill Swancutt on a reverse on a third-and-2 play … Caught a third-and-8 third quarter pass over his shoulders for a 16-yard touchdown to cap a 9-play, 79-yard drive … Followed with a 30-yard kickoff return, but later, he re-injured his left ankle and suffered a right knee injury … Head to Head Competition -- CB Brandon Browner.

Arkansas State and Mississippi State … Did not play (left high ankle sprain).

Auburn … Returned a punt for a 4-yard loss before leaving the game when he re-injured his left ankle and right knee.

Georgia … Started upon his return, catching three passes for 24 yards … Gained 20 yards on a kickoff return and 16 yards on a punt return, but also dropped three passes … Head to Head Competition -- CB DeMario Minter.

Florida … Snatched five passes for 44 yards, producing two first downs … Returned two punts for 12 yards … Caught a third-and-4 shovel pass from JaMarcus Russell at the start of the second quarter for an 18-yard gain … Caught another shovel pass from Russell for 16 yards midway through the fourth quarter … Head to Head Competition -- CB Reynaldo Hill.

Troy … Started for the final time in 2004, catching six passes for 72 yards … Had four first-down grabs … Returned four punts for 6 yards … At the start of the second quarter, Green caught 4 & 8-yard passes, followed by a 2-yard reverse to set up halfback Joseph Addai's 1-yard scoring plunge … Followed with 10 & 48-yard grabs for first downs on a 9-play, 65-yard second quarter drive that ended with a 23-yard field goal by Ryan Gaudet … Head to Head Competition -- CB John Faulk.

Vanderbilt … Followed with an 11-yard reception, a 19-yard kickoff return and four punt returns for 90 yards, but turned the ball over once on a fumble … Returned a third quarter punt 65 yards for a touchdown … Caught an 11-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell in the fourth quarter, but lost the ball when he was tackled by middle linebacker Jonathan Goff and the ball was recovered by cornerback Dominique Morris … Head to Head Competition -- CB Bill Alford.

Alabama … Collected 38 yards on three punt returns, 23 yards on two kickoff returns and 16 yards on a reverse … The game started inauspiciously for the Tigers as Green Green caught the opening kick five yards deep in the south end zone, hesitated, then managed to stumble out to his six- yard line. Three consecutive running plays netted the Tigers -1 yard and LSU punter Chris Jackson punted out of the end zone to his 42-yard line … His 16-yard run in the second quarter set up Ryan Gaudet's 28-yard field goal … Head to Head Competition -- CB Anthony Madison.

Mississippi … Had a reception for a 7-yard loss, a 28-yard kickoff return, 32 yards on four punt returns and a solo tackle … Head to Head Competition -- CB Trumaine McBride.

Arkansas … Had a 22-game streak of catching at least one pass snapped … Gained 38 yards on two kickoff returns and 2 yards on a punt return … An Arkansas punt nailed blocker Chevis Jackson in the shoulder as he was racing down the field. Green attempted to corral the fumble but failed to do so and Arkansas linebacker Pierre Brown recovered at the LSU 15 … Head to Head Competition -- CB Darius Vinnett.

Iowa (Capital One Bowl) … Made six catches for 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns … Had two kickoff returns for 78 yards and four punt returns for 42 yards … Returned a third quarter kickoff 58 yards, but Iowa was penalized an additional 15 yards when Chris Breui grabbed Green's face mask … JaMarcus Russell came off the bench to spark the rally by throwing two touchdown passes to Green. He hit Green with a 22-yard scoring strike that capped an 11-play, 74-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter … Russell followed with 9 & 10-yard throws to Green before again going to the flanker with a 3-yard score as the Tigers led 25-24 with 46 seconds to go … Iowa QB Tate completed two passes, but a penalty pushed Iowa back to its 44 with 14 seconds left. Tate wound up and threw long to an open Warren Holloway, who caught the pass in stride at the 10 and dashed to the end zone as time expired for a 30-25 Iowa win … Head to Head Competition -- CB Antwan Allen.

2003 Season

All-American first-team selection as a return specialist by ESPN and Sports Illustrated, adding second-team honors from College Football News … All-Southeastern Conference second-team choice by the league's coaches and the Associated Press … Led the nation with 25 punt returns for 462 yards (18.5 avg) and two touchdowns … Only Pinky Rohm (539 in 1937), Domanick Davis (499 in 2002) and Young Bussey (465 in 1937) gained more yards on punt returns in a season for the Tigers … His two scoring returns are one shy of the school single-season record of three by Rohm in 1937 … Started four games at flanker, ranking third on the team with a career-high 48 receptions for 519 yards (10.8 avg) and five touch-downs … Gained 90 yards with a score on eight carries (11.2 avg) … Returned nine kickoffs for 188 yards (20.9 avg).

2003 Game Analysis

Arizona … Gained 41 yards on two kickoff returns, 28 yards on a pair of catches and returned a fourth quarter punt 62 yards for a touchdown … It was Green's first punt return for his career.

Western Illinois … Caught three passes for 54 yards, including touchdowns of 8 & 40 yards on passes from Matt Mauk in the third quarter.

Georgia … Started in the team's four-wide receiver formation, responding with four catches for 78 yards and a 34-yard touchdown … Also had a 16-yard kickoff return.

Florida … Earned another start in a three-wide receiver setup … Grabbed three passes for 29 yards and returned three punts for 123 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown.

South Carolina … Started on offense, hauling in six passes for 44 yards.

Auburn … Returned five punts for 87 yards and made two catches for 18 yards.

Louisiana Tech … Earned his final start for the season, grabbing nine passes for 103 yards and an 8-yard touchdown.

Alabama … Amassed 41 yards on four receptions, 15 yards on a kickoff return and 69 yards on four punt returns.

Arkansas … Added 28 yards with a 2-yard score on four catches and 25 yards on a pair of punt returns.

Georgia (Southeastern Conference Championship) … Caught three passes for 11 yards, adding 55 yards on three kickoff returns and 33 yards on three punt returns.

Oklahoma (Sugar Bowl) … Grabbed two passes for 23 yards and returned three punts for 26 yards.

2002 Season

Appeared in seven games as a true freshman … Became a part of the offense when receiver Devery Henderson went down with a broken arm against Mississippi … Made an immediate impact, catching seven passes for 123 yards (17.6 avg) and a score … Also carried three times for 28 yards.

2002 Game Analysis

Mississippi … His first career catch was good for a 7-yard gain.

Arkansas … Caught three passes for 92 yards, scoring on a 67-yard screen pass from Marcus Randall in the first quarter.

Texas (Cotton Bowl) … Gained 24 yards on three receptions.

Injury Report

2004: Suffered a left high ankle sprain during a mid-August fall camp scrimmage (8/18) that would hamper him throughout the year … Re-injured his ankle and suffered a right knee patella micro-fracture in the season opener vs. Oregon State (9/07) that forced him to sit out the Arkansas State and Mississippi State games.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.46 in the 40-yard dash (indoor astro turf) … 4.59 in the 40-yard dash (against the wind) … 385-pound bench press … 405-pound squat … 335-pound power clean … 34-inch vertical jump … 29-inch arm length … 8 3/8-inch hands … Left-handed … 8/17 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash. … 34-inch vertical jump. … 9'10" broad jump. … Did not participate in the 225-pound bench press, the shuttle run or the three-cone drill.

High School

Attended Higgins (Harvey, La.) High School, playing football for head coach Wayne Meyers … New Orleans Times-Picayune Top 15 Blue Chip list selection … Earned Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and Dallas Morning News Top 100 honors … District MVP and also named MVP of the All-New Orleans Metro team … Rushed for 2,174 yards on 194 carries from the quarterback position as a senior … In the state Class 5A playoffs, he rushed for 224 yards and threw for 124 yards in a first-round loss to Catholic High School, earning first-team All-State honors.

Personal

Sports Marketing major … Cousin of former LSU defensive line standouts and current NFL players Jarvis Green (New England Patriots) and Howard Green (New Orleans Saints) …

Frequently participates in community service events for the Tigers, such as visiting sick children in the hospital as well as speaking to school-aged children on the value of getting an education and staying in school … Son of Gladies and Leroy Green … Born Skyler Levon Green on 9/12/84 in Houma, Louisiana … Resides in Harvey, Louisiana.

 
 
 

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