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Honoring the Seniors: Defensive Tackle Shawn Green

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Today, we take a look that didn't have opportunity to make a difference until this year.

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Shawn Green is a redshirt senior from Grayson High School. Coming out of high school, he was a three-star commit who chose to come to Tech thanks to Giff Smith. He chose the offer from Tech over other offers from Florida State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and Michigan State, among others, on July 22, 2009.

With he and Denzel McCoy coming into Tech at the same time, expectations were quite high for the duo. Unfortunately, Green had issues staying healthy and McCoy did not stay with the team for very long due to ongoing health issues.

Green was still able to make an impact when he played though. His first major playing time came in 2012 as a redshirt sophomore as the backup nose tackle in Al Groh's 3-4 system. He played in all 14 games that season. He recorded 22 tackles and three tackles for a loss. He intercepted Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd in that game and also forced a fumble against Maryland.

The next year was rough for him as it was riddled with injuries that limited him to only seven total games, including the final four of the season. His best game of the season came against Ole Miss in the bowl game where he recorded three tackles.

Green's senior year was easily his best. In each of the 12 games he played, he started. He finished with 22 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also broke up four passes at the line of scrimmage.

Thanks for you commitment and hard work Shawn!