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RR Ralphie Report: BJ Green II is already making a difference for the Colorado Buffaloes


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Colorado’s new star DE is getting high praise from Coach Prime

The college football season is one month away, but new Buffaloes EDGE BJ Green II is already leaving his mark in Boulder. The transfer from Arizona State has established himself as a leader within the locker room, without stepping on the field in Colorado black and gold yet.

“BJ Green is already a leader,” said Buffs head coach Deion Sanders. “They raised him right at Arizona State and for him to come over now, it’s phenomenal. His work ethic, the way he approaches and attacks the game is phenomenal.”

Green, who played with the Sun Devils for three seasons, was widely considered within the top 25 players in the portal this season. Coming off an all-conference caliber season last year, Green will make an immediate impact for the Buffs on the defensive front in 2024.

At Big 12 Media Day in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sanders set the bar high for his expectations of Green this season. Unprompted, Coach Prime said that he thinks that his new star pass-rusher should be drafted in the first round of the 2025 NFL Draft.

“We want four [picks] in the first round,” Sanders told the media. “The only way that’s going to happen is we win and they are dominant. I think BJ Green could be one of those guys, and I think he will be because he wants it that much.”

Sander isn’t the only person who’s high on Colorado’s new DE either. Green was selected to the preseason all-Big 12 team by media members last week. The only other two Buffs who received preseason all-conference honors were QB Shedeur Sanders and DB Travis Hunter, so Green is in elite company.

Despite the high expectations, Sanders is trying to make things as easy as possible for Green. Along with new defensive coordinator Robert Livingston, Colorado’s staff is trying to maximize Green’s potential by keeping it simple.

“We want to be in a position to allow [the defensive line] to be the best that they can be, and that’s one thing Coach Livingston is doing well,” said Sanders. “He’s not coming in trying to remake everything and reinvent the wheel. Let’s find out what these guys do well and let them do what they do.”

Green will get the opportunity to showcase his on-field skills when the Buffs open their season against North Dakota State on August 29. Until then, he’ll continue leading the Buffs while they prepare for the upcoming campaign.

by RylandScholes
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