|Alex Green RB Hawaii|
|Prototypical size for a workhorse running back at the next level. Extremely productive down the stretch in 2010 once Hawaii finally committed to him as their go-to running back. Surprising quickness for his size. Looks good as a receiver out of the backfield; reliable hands.|
|Extremely limited experience. JUCO transfer who didn’t become a full-time player at Hawaii until the second half of his senior year. Never had more than 19 carries in a game at Hawaii. Comes from a spread offense which created plenty of open running lanes; limited experience running between the tackles and picking up tough yardage.|
|Green is one of the most intriguing late-round options at running back. Down the stretch in 2010 he really looked like he had a bright future in the pros, but prior to October he was barely on the NFL radar screen. How much of his success was a result of Hawaii’s system? He could be a player just scratching the surface of his potential, or he could be a fluke who will quickly fade in the NFL.|
If you’re looking for future NFL stars you’re going to be disappointed tonight. Hawaii has struggled to develop the same talent as during the June Jones era and Tulsa has never produced many NFL stars. There are few players worth keeping an eye on though.
* The top prospect in the game is Hawaii wide receiver Greg Salas. I won’t blame you if you’re a little skeptical about Salas initially. Hawaii receivers often put up gaudy stats and fail to produce in the NFL. However, I believe Salas has what it takes to produce at the next level. He doesn’t have breakaway speed but he has great hands and is an efficient route runner. He could be a mid-round pick who contributes immediately.
* Another offensive player worth keeping an eye on is Hawaii running back Alex Green. His size (6’2″, 230 lbs) is hard to ignore and he is quietly having a huge year for the Warriors, averaging 8.8 yards per carry. He reminds me of Jaguars fullback Greg Jones, who played running back during his days at Florida State. He won’t be drafted as high as Jones, but has a chance to carve out a similar NFL career if he continues to develop.
* The only potential 2011 draftee on Tulsa is fullback Charles Clay. He’s a prototypical blocking fullback who can also carry the ball when asked. He has legitimate NFL potential, but the fullback position is dying out so there’s no guarantee he’ll hear his name called. Still, this is his chance to shine. Teams looking for a fullback will have their eyes on both Clay and Green in this game.