Confident Hunter Green eyes next level


Confident Hunter Green eyes next level

Hunter Green still isn’t sure if he’s going to be able to play varsity football next year at Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn. While he hopes to gain size and strength heading into his freshman season, Green currently stands 5-foot, 9 ½ and weighs 140 pounds.

“I’d like to play varsity next year but I don’t see that happening from a physical standpoint because I’ll be much smaller than all the seniors,” he said. “Whatever team I play on, freshman or varsity, I honestly just want to win state. But first things first, try to improve each game and get to the playoffs.”

Quarterbacking Farragut’s eighth grade team this season, Green used his dual passing and running skills to lead the Admirals to a 7-3 record and spot in the playoff semifinals. “The one thing I tried to do was improve every game,” he said. “I really feel like I did that. As the season went on, I got more comfortable, got the chemistry with the receivers down and the offense was able to run a lot more smooth than it did when we started out. This was only my second year with this group of kids and a lot of them were new. We started pretty early in January, working out and getting to know each other. You could really see that come through towards the end of the season.”

Adding some height and weight figures to come with age. As for having confidence in his abilities at quarterback, Green is well beyond his years.

Dual threat

“Honestly, whatever situation presents itself at the time, I feel I am prepared,” Green said. “That’s what I kind of like about being the type of quarterback I am. It’s hard to stop somebody who can throw and run. If the defense drops back and covers the pass, I can run it if I need to. And if you focus on me, I can throw the ball right over you.”

While he also plays basketball, Green said he knew football was going to be his primary sport in sixth grade. “Football over basketball, way better,” he said. “In sixth grade, that’s when I started putting in the extra work for football. I started going to NFA and that’s when it changed for me. They really helped me a lot. I’ve always loved football. I love the game and being able to hit people.”

Some quarterbacks don’t like getting hit, especially at 140 pounds. But Green is fearless on the field and he welcomes all the pressures that come with playing QB.

“I like being able to control the game,” he said. “Whether you win or lose, it always gets put on the quarterback and I feel like I have the power to control my team’s outcome, to lead us to victory, which was the case most of the time last season.”

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University