The Washington Times - December 16, 2008, 10:04AM

I thought I remembered hearing Morgan Green had an excellent week of practice, but I needed to consult with my digital recorder just to be sure my mind wasn’t playing tricks on me.

Sure enough, Ralph Friedgen said precisely that last week.

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“Another guy who might be our best back right now is Morgan Green,” Friedgen said. “He’s had a heck of a two days of practice. He had a couple touchdown runs [Thursday] where he ran over people and outran a couple of them. He was sick the first two practices, but these last two might have been his best two since he’s been here.”

While that doesn’t necessarily mean anything for the long term, it is a nice bump for a guy whose career has been one bit of adversity after another. The prep school year. The whole Steve Slaton thing (which is Friedgen’s fault, not Green’s). And the injuries. Oh, all those injuries.

Friedgen couldn’t even get done his praise of Green without mentioning he sat out a couple days, but that’s just a mild irony.

As things stand now, Green would have to surpass either Da’Rel Scott or Davin Meggett over the next two years to receive much playing time. As it stands, none of the three are great bets in 2009, since they’ll be running behind a rebuilt offensive line filled with a few starters and a lot of reserves who couldn’t earn time this year even as the Terps struggled.

But a healthy Green is still a fascinating option – taller than Meggett, but of a similar build – and one we really don’t know that much about. As evidence, here is the redshirt sophomore’s career line broken down into two sections by opponent:

Eastern Michigan: 12 carries, 40 yards, 2 TD
Everybody else: 5 carries, 0 yards, 0 TD

Certainly, that doesn’t suggest Green is great. But it’s also too small a sample size to completely dismiss his chances of contributing down the road.

Patrick Stevens