After summer and then a few weeks of fall camp, Bob Stoops said Grissom had already risen to the top of the depth chart at his new position. Last week, though, Grissom was suspended for the season opener because of a team rule violation committed in the spring.
Green and McNamara each got lots of playing time Saturday; does that make Green feel more comfortable in the ongoing position battle? No, he said, because all three of them are going to have to play well.
“I was very disappointed he was suspended,” Green said. “Geneo's a great football player, and we need him out there.
“We all have different things that we do great. All three of us are gonna need to play good to help our team.”
Still, Grissom's suspension did afford Green extra opportunities to not only improve on the field, but to establish his name as one to be remembered.
Not that Green isn't forgetful himself, sometimes; after his touchdown catch Saturday, he jumped around and danced to the sideline with teammates before senior captain Trey Millard, who'd been yelling at Green — “Field goal! Field goal!” — to remind him of his extra-point duties, grabbed him by the shoulder pads from behind and pulled him back onto the field.
“It was just kind of a blur, and I completely forgot about the extra point we had to kick,” Green said. “My emotions were so high. But we went out there and made it.”
Anything could happen in the coming weeks with two other talented tight ends on the roster; Green, though, is a mystery man no more.
“That's what I always wanted to do, was to make them know who I am,” Green said.
“It's funny how things change so fast.”