Name: German Green
Weight: 181 lbs.
High school: DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
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