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FSU Senior Moments: Ryan Green

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The send-off wasn’t what most of Florida State’s seniors had hoped for, but nevertheless, the accomplishments as a program that this year’s senior class helped with are many. With the regular season in the books and only the Independence Bowl to be played, we’ll be looking back on the careers of some prominent FSU seniors.

The outgoing senior class for the Seminoles was part of the first College Football Semifinal ever and helped FSU finish in the top 10 twice and play in three New Year’s Six bowls. Some departing seniors contributed each season while others had small parts in the grand scheme of things.

Either way, it is our mission to recognize each of them. Our series starts with redshirt senior running back Ryan Green.

In a day and age where transferring to get more playing time is more prevalent than ever, Green was the ultimate stay-the-course player for FSU. Although his touches were few, the St. Petersburg native and former 4-star prospect did whatever the program asked of him.

After filling in during mop-up duty during FSU’s 2013 national championship campaign, Green tried to make the move to cornerback for the 2015 season. Green was pushing eventual NFL Draft pick Marquez White for the starting spot before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Although his role was always small, here are the five most memorable moments from Green’s time at FSU:

5. Green Stars in Spring Game
April 9, 2016

It wasn’t Florida or Miami that lined up against Florida State at Camping World Stadium in Orlando for the annual spring game in 2016, but Green was the guy to watch when it came to skill players. Green finished the game with a game-high 125 yards of total offense which included 84 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

4. First Touchdown Catch
Nov. 23, 2013

Four of Ryan Green’s five career touchdowns have been on the ground, but he did score one through the air. Against Idaho in 2013, FSU set a new school-record by putting up 80 points on the Vandals. Eight different Florida State players scored touchdowns and Green was among them. With FSU leading 66-7 in the fourth quarter, Green was the recipient of a 2-yard touchdown pass from Sean Maguire for what would be the final offensive touchdown of the day for the Seminoles in the rout.

3. Final Touchdown at Doak
Dec. 2, 2017

Green’s final career touch at Doak Campbell Stadium ended in a score. In Saturday’s 42-10 win over Louisiana-Monroe, Green capped the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run on the final home carry of his career. Green nearly scored on a 15-yard run the play prior, so it seemed only fitting that the redshirt senior cap things off. The victory allowed FSU to become bowl-eligible for an FBS-record 36th straight year.

2. First Career Touchdown
Sept. 14, 2013

While Green scored on Saturday in what will be his final game at Doak Campbell, he also found the end zone in his first home game. In a 62-7 win over Nevada in the second game of the 2013 season, Green scored from a yard out to cap the scoring. The touchdown allowed FSU to break the 60-point mark against an FBS opponent for the first time in Jimbo Fisher’s tenure as head coach.

1. Senior Day Send-Off
Nov. 18, 2017

Although it wasn’t the final home game of the year, because of the rescheduled contest against Louisiana-Monroe, FSU celebrated Senior Day on Nov. 18 against Delaware State. The Seminoles recorded their largest margin of victory in school-history with a 77-6 win and Green helped put the finishing touches on the rout. Green finished with a game- and career-high 96 yards rushing on seven carries and twice found the end zone. After scoring on a 5-yard run midway through the third quarter, Green capped the scoring with the longest run of his career — a 50-yard touchdown scamper — with 6:30 to play in the contest.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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