1 - Eric Green Position: Cornerback
Class: r-Senior
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 198 lbs.
High School: Clewiston
Hometown: Clewiston, Fla.
photo         A veteran player who is being asked to take on a positive leadership role ... Took the challenge to heart during the spring and won the President's Award for leadership ... Combines excellent athletic ability with speed and experience ... Is slated to start at the field corner position, where he got five starts in 2003 ... Enters the season with seven career interceptions ... Averaged 55.3 yards on his three interception returns last season, taking two to the end zone ... Is also a threat on special teams where he has blocked four kicks ... Saw action at cornerback in 23 of 24 games during his first two seasons at Tech ... Was in the running for a starting job at field corner when he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee prior to the start of 2002 preseason practice ... Underwent reconstructive surgery and began his rehab that fall ... Worked extremely hard to get back in shape ... Returned to participate in all of the Hokies' 2003 spring drills and scrimmages ... Was inconsistent at times last season, then turned around and enjoyed his best spring practice as a Hokie ... Got a lot of experience early in his career ... Found himself pressed into action as a true freshman in 2000 due to injuries at the cornerback position ... Ended up starting five games and playing nearly 400 defensive plays ... Was named second-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News after the season ... Shared time at the field corner spot in 2001 and got a start against Syracuse ... Is being counted on to put his experience to good use as he takes on a key role for Tech in 2004 ...

2003: Saw action in all 13 games, starting five ... Closed out the season with 41 solo tackles and 17 assists ... Included in those 58 stops are two tackles for loss ... Had three interceptions with 166 return yards, the fifth-highest single-season total in school history ... Also had six passes broken up, one quarterback hurry and a blocked kick ... Returned to action against UCF after a year off, playing 28 snaps on defense and 14 on special teams ... Had three solo stops, one for a loss, and a pass broken up ... Was in for 22 defensive plays and 15 special teams plays against James Madison ... Recorded a solo tackle and an assist ... Played 26 defensive snaps against Texas A&M and 14 on special teams ... Had two tackles and an assist ... Recorded his first interception of the season against UConn, returning it 84 yards for a touchdown ... Also had a solo stop, four assists and two passes broken up against the Huskies ... Had a solo tackle and two assists at Rutgers ... Recorded five solo tackles, one of which was for a loss, and two assists against Syracuse ... Got his first start of the season at West Virginia, recording three tackles ... Started against Miami and had a big game ... Recorded eight solo tackles, three assists and a quarterback hurry ... Also had a blocked field goal and a 51-yard touchdown on an interception return ... Started at Pittsburgh and tallied four solo tackles ... Had two solo tackles and an assist at Temple ... Played 41 snaps against Boston College, recording three solo tackles, an assist and an interception which he returned 31 yards ... Also had a solo tackle on special teams ... Recorded five solo tackles and an assist at Virginia ... Had a blocked punt picked up for a touchdown called back by a penalty ... Contributed three tackles during the Insight Bowl ... Had a personal-best 450-pound back squat during off-season testing ... Registered five tackles and a pass interception during Tech's third scrimmage of the spring ... Picked off another pass in the last scrimmage ... Got his third pick of the spring during the Maroon-White game ... Also collected three tackles during that game ... Was named the team's top defensive leader of the spring ...

2002: Missed the season while recovering from an off-season ACL injury ... Tore the ligament in a summer workout ... Redshirted while rehabbing the knee ... Was able to post a 36-inch vertical jump and 4.49 time in the forty during the off-season ... Worked at field corner during the spring ... Was in on three tackles and broke up a pass during the Maroon-White game ...

2001: Played in 10 games, recording 18 total tackles ... Had 11 solo tackles, seven assists, two passes broken up, two blocked kicks, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss ... Recorded a tackle and broke up a pass in the win over Connecticut ... Had four solo tackles, including three on special teams versus Western Michigan ... Played 28 total plays at Rutgers, 15 on defense ... Also blocked a punt that led to a safety in that game ... Played 47 total plays against UCF, recording a solo stop and two assists ... Got a start against Syracuse, recording an assist ... Did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh due to tonsillitis ... Played 42 snaps on defense against Temple and had a solo tackle ... Had a solo stop and two assists at Virginia ... Blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown against top-ranked Miami ... Had two solo tackles and an assist against the Hurricanes ... Contributed two tackles against Florida State in the Gator Bowl ... Also intercepted a pass in that game and returned it nine yards ... Registered a pair of tackles and a fumble recovery during the spring Maroon-White game ...

2000: Played in all 12 games on both defense and special teams ... Worked with several different special team units, including the extra point, field goal and punt block teams ... Registered three tackles against Akron in his first collegiate action ... Earned BIG EAST Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his play in the Rutgers game ... Set up two first-half touchdowns in that game, one when he tackled RU punter Mike Barr for a 22-yard loss after a bad snap, and the other when he blocked a punt ... Also registered his first collegiate interception in that game and had two tackles ... Made his first start against Temple and turned in four tackles and two pass interceptions for 41 yards ... Also drew starts against West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Miami ... Was in on a season-best five tackles versus WVU and broke up three passes ... Had three more break ups, plus an interception, in the Pittsburgh game ... Played 68 defensive plays at Syracuse ... Finished the season with 31 total tackles, 19 unassisted ... Led the team in passes broken up with 12 ... Ranked third on the team in interceptions with four ... Contributed two tackles and broke up a pass in Tech's Gator Bowl win against Clemson ... Posted a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and 4.43 time in the forty during spring testing ... Posted five unassisted tackles and two assists during the spring Maroon-White game ...

High School: Excelled as a quarterback, receiver and defensive back for Coach Al Morrell at Clewiston ... Helped the team to a 32-8 record over three seasons ... Was the first player in school history to pass for over 1,000 yards in two consecutive seasons ... Set a state record with a 105-yard interception return ... Turned in a school-record 82-yard punt return ... Rated the No. 46 player in Florida by SuperPrep and the No. 4 free safety in the state by The Florida Times-Union ... A member of the Times-Union Super 75 team ... Posted five interceptions as a senior ... Passed for 1,100 yards and rushed for over 400 yards his senior season ... Had 12 touchdowns passing and six rushing ... Passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two in a game against Bishop Verot ... Accumulated over 2,200 career passing yards during his last two seasons ... Caught over 20 passes as a sophomore for more than 500 yards ... Voted the team's MVP in 1999 ... Named to Palm Beach Post All-Area team ... Earned all-state honors ... Also lettered in track and basketball ... Placed fifth in the state in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 14.3 seconds ...

Personal: Eric Denaud Green ... Born 3/16/82 in Pahokee, FL ... Son of Janice Freeman and Willie Green ... Enrolled in residential property management.

2003 Tackles Game-by-Game
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