We’re a quarter of the way through our countdown and that means today will feature number 75 Chaz Green. Green is one of the Gators best offensive lineman when he’s on the field. Unfortunately, Green missed all the 2013 season with a torn labrum. An ankle injury also forced him to miss the Tennessee and Kentucky games during the 2012 season. But, after redshirting his first season in Orange and Blue, Green has played in 20 games, including 19 starts. He’ll be looked at to contribute this season after the offensive line struggled with continuity and protecting the quarterback last season.
Green came to Gainesville from Tampa Catholic High School as a sought after offensive tackle. 247 Sports composite rankings rated him as a four-star recruit and ranked him the sixth-best offensive tackle, eighth-best player in the state, and 41st-ranked player in the 2010 recruiting class. Primarily recruited by former offensive coordinator Steve Addazio and Urban Meyer, Green chose Florida over Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, and USC.
During high school, the 6-5, 300 pound tackle helped the Crusaders to two straight in a string of three District and Regional Titles, as well as a class 2B state runner-up finish in 2009. They were on of the last four teams standing in the two years Green played on the varsity squad. He competed from the time he stepped on the varsity playing field, garnering FSWA second-team all-state honors in 2008. His senior season was spectacular as well. He helped Tampa Catholic rush for over 3,000 yards en route to earning an invitation to the Under Armor All-American Game and being named to the Top 150 Dream Team by Prep Star magazine.
Green was a huge holdover for coach Will Muschamp from the previous regime. Although the past couple of years he’s seen his fair share of injuries, look for Green to contribute to the offensive renaissance Kurt Roper and Mike Summers are trying to impart on the Gators. If Florida’s going to have success and score some points, Green will be a huge factor in the turnaround. If he can stay healthy, he’s one of the best offensive lineman in the SEC.