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10 August 2006

JSU Running Back Faces Challenge
of Matching His Output from 2005

Clay Green ran for some of his 1,352 yards last season. With Jacksonville State having question marks at quarterback and on the offensive line, the Gamecocks will need another big year out of Green. Green is the lone known commodity in JSU’s offense coming into camp. Everything else — the quarterback, most of the receivers and the line — all have elements of newness. That’s why things could fall heavily on Green.

After two years as a backup, Green emerged from the shadow last season to rush for 1,352 yards — second most in school history — on a Division I school-record 223 carries with 11 touchdowns. He ended the season with a string of eight consecutive 100-yard games. With his return skills, he was second in I-AA all-purpose yardage after leading the country for more than half the season. Doing that again will give a big boost to the Gamecocks’ bid to return to the top of the Ohio Valley Conference, but he won’t be sneaking up on anybody.

“People didn’t know who he was last year,” Crowe said. “I think we’re down to just circumstances (this year), one of them being health, another one being how far are people going to go to keep him from running the ball and how hungry is he?

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