With Tulsa's running attack going at 245 yards a game and 5.5 per carry, Green doesn't have to launch near as many passes as his predecessors. He has thrown for 1,041 yards and nine touchdowns, with his best game being a 274-yard effort against Tulane. He has positive yards rushing, but just 49 in 21 carries, with a score.
"This kid picked it up. [He's] doing the same things," said Marshall defensive coordinator Chris Rippon." A little bit different, more of a thrower than the runner that they've had. Their backs are as good as any backs we have seen. They are big-league, big-league backs.
"[Ja'Terian Douglas] and [Trey Watts] are like our guys [Steward Butler and Kevin Grooms], I think. A very similar 'wow' every time they touch it."
Douglas and Watts, and a sturdy effort from C-USA's top defense, helped Green gut it out in the Hurricane's 27-26 win over Fresno State. Green's three interceptions all led to touchdowns, putting Tulsa in a 26-17 pickle with 12:33 left in the third quarter. One field goal and a half-back option pass later, Green was off the hook.
Fresno's defense had a bit to do with it, but Green was still feeling the rust - even in the fourth game.
"To not play, not really step on the field in two years, and then be expected to throw the ball 30, 40 times a game and be very accurate with it," Green said. "It's a totally different thing between practice and game speed - you can't simulate game speed in practice.
"It has been rust that I had to knock off, just because I have to teach receivers what I'm looking for and really understanding how they're going to run routes, along with reading defenses."
But Green fought through that result, then went 23-of-39 for 237 yards and two touchdowns at Alabama-Birmingham. That was a game in which Tulsa needed every point, winning 49-42. He led four touchdown drives of 70-plus yards.
"He never held his head down. [He] realized he might have made some mistakes, but he doesn't put them on other people," Watts said. "He's just a true quarterback, a true leader and I think that helps our offense so much, knowing we have a guy we have confidence in, has confidence in himself to make all the plays, all the throws. It just helps our offense to have a guy like that who we can trust him."
With an 8-1 mark at two schools, he seems worthy of that trust.
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