2020 Season Countdown: #62 German Green

2020 Season Countdown: #62 German Green

July 13, 2020
German Green

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Name: German Green
180 lbs.
High school: 
DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Green #59 and said he would be a backup safety and special teamer (LINK). He played in one game.
TTB Rating:

Entering year three at Michigan, Green has been named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week twice and Special Teams Scout Player of the Week once. He played in one game in 2019, against Rutgers. At a listed 6’2″ and 180 lbs., he does not appear to be physically ready yet to take on the rigors of big-time college football, where a safety with his height should be around 200 lbs. or more.

I have Green here at #62, one spot ahead of true freshman Makari Paige (LINK). I do not expect much production from either player in 2020, but I lean toward experience when it comes to a few positions, and that includes safety. Sometimes mental maturity is more important than physical prowess at the safety spots. That being said, it’s not often that a guy goes into year three with no hype and then develops into a high-level contributor.

Prediction: Backup safety, special teamer


  1. Comments: 1863
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Jul 13, 2020 at 11:30 AM

    Which twin was injured in HS? Which was more highly touted? I expected that one to be a bit more significant by year there

    • Comments: 3845
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 13, 2020 at 12:20 PM

      German was injured. Gemon was the higher rated one.

    • Comments: 8
      Joined: 7/14/2020
      Jul 14, 2020 at 11:01 AM

      Seems to me the staff targeted the brother very early in the cycle and decided also to take German too, in order to secure Gemon… but then when Gemon doesn’t rise in high school like expected they’re stuck with both and neither pan out… RR did this with the Talbott brothers…

  2. Comments: 6285
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Jul 13, 2020 at 12:22 PM

    For a guy buried on the depth chart those are some solid awards.

    With Metellus, Hudson, Glasgow, Woods, JKP all gone there’s not much safety experience left. Can be a rough spot for a freshman. Seems like Green will be competing with Faustin (more experience) and Q.Johnson (more hype) for critical 3rd safety snaps.

    Gemon in a similar spot fighting for 3rd corner but freshman generally more ready to contribute at CB.

    • Comments: 3845
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 13, 2020 at 12:29 PM

      The problem is that those awards often go to walk-ons. So I guess that could be good if the coaches normally reserve them for walk-ons but his performance was just so outstanding that they couldn’t help giving it to him. On the other hand, if they’re like, “Poor guy isn’t very good but man he’s trying hard!” then that doesn’t bode well.

      I’m not saying I know which way it is. But if a scholarship guy is getting scout team awards, I have a hard time predicting a big move up the depth chart.

      • Comments: 182
        Joined: 9/15/2015
        Jul 13, 2020 at 1:50 PM

        yeah theres also a huge difference bw 1st year scholarship players on scout teams vs guys in subsequent years. not the most promising sign to see 2nd and 3rd year scholarship guys getting scout reps (though there are always exceptions)

      • Comments: 6285
        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Jul 13, 2020 at 5:58 PM

        German was pretty seriously hurt IIRC so probably gets a pass for freshman year.

        Soph year he was behind a lot of very good and veteran players, but also clearly behind Faustin as well. Maybe physical development is part of it but you’d at least want to hear some buzz for a guy entering his junior year. That goes for both Greens.

        I’m not expecting a starting caliber player but there’s a long list of people who don’t do anything their first 2 years on campus and then turn into quality starters. One recent example:


        • Comments: 1863
          Joined: 1/19/2016
          Jul 13, 2020 at 10:27 PM

          I would gladly welcome another Jeremy Clark!

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