Brent Venables says safety T.J. Green is right back where he belongs

'We offered him as a safety...We put our name on him'

Football Awards - Danny Pearman presents T.J. Green with the Special Teams Player of the Year Award

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Football Awards - Danny Pearman presents T.J. Green with the Special Teams Player of the Year Award

To hear Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables tell it, T.J. Green hasn't gone anywhere except back where he belongs.

"We offered him as a safety, and then fall camp came and he was a wide receiver," said Venables after Clemson's practice Friday night. "We put our name on him - we had already evaluated him as a DB back when he was committed to UAB."

Green, a two-way standout in high school at Sylacauga, Ala., was plugged in at wide receiver last fall. He made his greatest impact on special teams, with eight tackles, and also returned kicks.

At 6-3, 200, Green brings what Venables describes as a skill-set well-suited to playing safety at a high level.

"He's long, he's strong, and he can tackle," Venables said.

Overall, Venables likes the way the Tigers' safeties have developed during the course of spring practice.

"We have four safeties we can definitely win with," Venables said. "We have a range of length, speed, explosiveness, instincts and intelligence. We should be able to play at a high level with not that much of a learning curve. That's going to help our defense."

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TigerNE writes:

All that matters is that our safeties are a heck of a lot more effective AND consistent over last year. If Green is one key to that happening, I'm all behind him.

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