Overview: Antonio Green is a red shirt senior who is an offensive lineman. He started off his college at Evangel University before transferring to University of Sioux Falls. This year he was one of the finalists for the Gene Upshaw Award, which is an award given to the top defensive or offensive lineman in Division II. He is an athletic lineman with good size, and who is a great run blocker.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Antonio, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
C: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing University of Sioux Falls?
AG: Coming out of high school, I received a full athletic scholarship to play football for Western Kentucky University. I had to turn down that scholarship because of academic reasons. After taking a semester off, I received a scholarship to play for Evangel University (NAIA). I redshirted, and played one season at Evangel. After that season, I decided I wanted to transfer without losing any eligibility. The University of Sioux Falls was a perfect fit for me.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
AG: Just simply being myself. I feel like I shouldn’t have to change into someone that I’m not. All I am going to do is let the film and my work ethic speak for itself.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
AG: I believe my protective instinct is my main strength. What I mean by that is I will give one hundred percent to protect my teammates on and off the field. My weakness would have to be being overly aggressive. Being too aggressive sometimes causes me to lunge during a run, or pass play.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
AG: My athleticism as an offensive lineman is what separates me from others at my position. Being able to make an open field block against a linebacker or a shifty DB. My teammates and coaches always tell me that I move like a skill player.
C: Do you prefer run blocking or pass blocking?
AG: I love to run block. My favorite run plays are inside/outside zone and power. I love to pull, and get out in open space. It’s fun to see the fear in player’s faces when they see me coming full speed.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
AG: Trent Williams, LT for the Redskins. We are very athletic to be offensive lineman. I feel like we both have a similar style of play.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
AG: Josh Gordon, DE from Minnesota State Mankato.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
AG: I have three specific music categories that I listen to on every game day. In the morning time its Gospel, before pregame meal its Rnb, and after pregame meal it is Rap.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
AG: “Everybody has to surrender their talent to the whole team so everybody eats. It’s not about how many pancakes or touchdowns we can get, but it is about surrendering what we have to get what we all want.” –Coach Jackson
C: What should people reading this interview know about you?
AG: I’ve been overlooked my entire football career. All I need is one opportunity to prove myself that I can compete at the next level.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Antonio Green for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2017 draft prospect.
You can check out his highlights here
Follow him on Twitter: @Antonio_Green73