- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2005

Navy offensive lineman Marshall Green started games in his sophomore and junior seasons, but not being atop the depth chart at the beginning of his senior campaign wasn’t his only concern.

When Hurricane Katrina tore through Louisiana, Green, a Baton Rouge native, went five days without speaking to his family. His father’s house wasn’t flooded like so many of the homes in the Gulf Coast region, but the intense amount of rain still managed to deal a fatal blow.

“It rained so hard and there was so much water everywhere, it just went in the walls,” Green said. “His whole house is saturated with water and mold set in. It didn’t flood, but they have to rip out the whole house anyway — the floors, the drywall, the carpet, pretty much everything you can imagine.

“It’s kind of like it’s the aftermath and everything’s banged up, but you think you’re all right and then some guy says, ‘Your house is full of mold. It has to come out.’”

Green finally had a chance to go home after the Midshipmen’s game at Rice on Oct. 22. He wants to attend dental school, and he was excused for an interview at Louisiana State when the team flew home from Houston.

The Mids play host to Tulane tomorrow at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Green has friends, former teammates and former adversaries who attend the schools in his home state like Tulane that have been affected by Katrina.

Green will see one of those friends tomorrow — Taylor Bertin is a junior defensive tackle for the Green Wave.

“Everything is kind of disrupted, so it has got be tough on those guys,” Green said. “I saw one of their games earlier in the season and they showed them on the team bus in their clothes carrying their stuff over their shoulders. I thought, ‘Man, it’s like they are nomads roaming from stadium to stadium.’ I can’t imagine doing that.”

While his family strives for a return to normal life, Green has settled into Navy’s starting lineup at right tackle. Green, Matt Pritchett and Joe Person are part of a three-man rotation at the two tackle positions and each play about the same number of snaps.

“We knew there was going to be Matt Pritchett, [Joe] Person and I. To be honest, we are equally capable, so we all knew we were going to see playing time,” Green said. “We all play about the same number of reps, so who starts the game off and who finishes doesn’t really matter.”

Green started games at center in 2003 and last season, but his move to tackle was partly to help the team replace three departed players at the position and part necessity.

After suffering a stinger in his neck, Green went to the doctor during his sophomore season.

“I went in to see the doctor and he was like, ‘You can’t play football anymore,’” Green said. “There was no prep for it. He just said I couldn’t play. I said, ‘Can I get a second opinion?’ I did that and they said I could play, but it might hurt at times. It wasn’t anything life threatening, so I went from there.”

He was diagnosed with stenosis, a common condition among offensive linemen. He likened it to a pinched nerve in his neck, and the constant physical abuse to his head and neck at center did not help.

“It kind of affected me last season, but I did a lot of strengthening in the offseason and they’ve moved around on the line and that has helped a lot,” Green said. “At center you’re covered and [the hitting] is every play and every day. The move to tackle has been tremendous, and I’ve really enjoyed it a lot.”

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