2022 Season Countdown: #48 German Green

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28Jul 2022
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2022 Season Countdown: #48 German Green

German Green (image via Twitter)

Name: German Green
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
190 lbs.
High school:
DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Redshirt junior
Jersey number:
#33
Last year:
I ranked Green #50 and said he would be a backup cornerback (LINK). He made 3 tackles.
TTB Rating:
59

Green was a safety early in his career, but he made the transition to cornerback. He played in just two games last season as a corner, while playing in every game on special teams. But he was the backup to the backup and only made 3 total tackles.

It surprises me a little bit that Green is returning for a fifth year of being a backup. I’m sure it helps that his twin brother Gemon will likely start at corner, but most guys would have transferred by now. He’s likely looking up at D.J. Turner II, Gemon Green, and Will Johnson at the very least, plus other guys who have received more practice hype, such as Mike Sainristil and Ja’Den McBurrows. But German can still be a valuable special teams player. And with a COVID exemption from 2020, he could still return or transfer in 2023 with perhaps a better chance to earn a starting position.

Prediction: Backup cornerback, special teamer

21Jul 2021
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2021 Season Countdown: #50 German Green

German Green (image via MGoBlue)

Name: German Green
Height:
6’2″
Weight:
181 lbs.
High school:
DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
Position:
Cornerback
Class:
Redshirt junior
Jersey number:
#33
Last year:
I ranked Green #62 and said he would be a backup safety (LINK). He played in six games and made 1 tackle.
TTB Rating:
59

German and his brother Gemon are so twin-like that they’re both listed at 6’2″ and 181 lbs. on Michigan’s roster. Unfortunately for German, their playing time has not been quite as equal. While Gemon started all six games at cornerback last season and led the team in pass breakups, German saw the field almost exclusively on special teams. He did play one game as a backup corner, and that’s reportedly where he remains in 2021 after spending his first two years on campus at safety.

German has special teams upside as well as a little bit of defensive experience at multiple positions. He has not been talked about as a possible starter opposite his brother, even though Vincent Gray and others really struggled in 2020. I would not expect him to factor into the prime-time rotation at corner this season, but it’s nice to have a veteran backup.

I’m interested to see how things might play out for the twins going forward. Would German spend five seasons as a backup in Ann Arbor while Gemon gets starting reps for two or three years? Or would German break apart from his brother as perhaps a grad transfer to try to strike out on his own and get playing time elsewhere?

Prediction: Backup cornerback

13Jul 2020
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2020 Season Countdown: #62 German Green

German Green

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Name: German Green
Height: 
6’2″
Weight: 
180 lbs.
High school: 
DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
Position: 
Safety
Class: 
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: 
#13
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:
 59

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

20Aug 2018
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Final TTB Ratings for 2018

Aidan Hutchinson (image via Hudl)

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It’s been a long time coming because I’ve been so busy, but here are the final TTB Ratings for the class of 2018.

A note on the ratings: These are Michigan-specific ratings, so a guy who would be an instant starter at Eastern Michigan might not be quite so much of an individual standout playing against Michigan’s opponents . . . and he might even have a hard time getting on the field over some other Wolverines. It’s tricky trying to determine how the depth chart will shake out over the next three to five years, but I’m here for the heavy lifting. For more of an explanation, check out this page here (LINK).

Hit the jump for the final rankings.

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14Jun 2018
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2018 Season Countdown: #88 German Green

German Green (image via Inside Texas)

Name: German Green
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 178 lbs.
High school: DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
Position: Safety
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Green was a senior in high school (LINK). He made 42 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and a 3 pass breakups.

German Green, the twin brother of Gemon Green, is the less heralded of the twins. He ended up as a 3-star, the #98 safety, and #1229 overall. Part of that is the knee injury German suffered as a junior in 2016, which caused him to miss the season. Part of that is a lack of explosive athleticism, which is what I see on film. For what it’s worth, I’ve heard talk that Michigan’s staff is actually higher on German than Gemon.

As for the 2018 season, Michigan returns its incumbents at the safety spots, they brought in a grad transfer in Casey Hughes, and they have a guy they like in J’Marick Woods. There’s not a ton of room to step in at safety, unless it’s as the #4 or #5 guy in blowouts. I do not see German Green making an impact this season, but he does have the frame to fill out nicely and could be a long, lanky defensive back who uses his size instead of athleticism to make plays.

Prediction: Redshirt