Green: I Wanted to Keep Crossing the Goal Line
There were plenty of interesting story lines Saturday: The tricked-up offensive play-calling; Josh Portis’s fourth quarter runs; the struggles of the pass defense and the reemergence of kicker Obi Egekeze. But don’t lose sight of running back Morgan Green, who scored the first two touchdowns of his career.
Here is a guy who famously got the scholarship that some feel should have gone to a guy by the name of Steve Slaton. He was expected to challenge Da’Rel Scott for the starting position this season, or at least complement Scott's speed in the backfield. But he has battled a nagging quadriceps injury since seemingly forever. Coach Ralph Friedgen did little to conceal his frustration toward the end of training camp. Green had been cleared to return to practice but Scott kept telling coaches that he was not ready to return because of the injury.
Green was visibly happy Saturday, and he also seemed to have a sense of peace.
“It feels great,” said Green, who is a third-year sophomore. “I have waited for this opportunity and wanted to take advantage of it. … I just wanted to keep crossing that goal line as much as I could.”
Eastern Michigan tried to take away the run, and the Eagles did a good job in most respects. With Scott out with the shoulder sprain, and Davin Meggett battling a hamstring injury, Green got a team-high 12 carries. He had 40 yards.
“Overall, the offense played really well,” Green said. “We could have run the ball a little better, but for the most part the offensive line played great and I took what they gave me.”
Maryland has now scored a total of 86 points the last two weeks. As Green said: “I think we’re getting our swagger back.”
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