Jared Green spent four years at the University of Virginia, earning his bachelor’s degree in anthropology. To him, it was the only major that made perfect sense.
“I just added two things together, really,” Green said.
“Anthropology is the study of people and culture, and how they interact,” he said. “My favorite thing to do is travel, and my second-favorite thing to do is write. I figured I’d put them both together.”
The writing part may come in time. Green has already proven he knows how to travel.
With one year left to play college football, Green, a senior wide receiver, decided this summer to transfer from Virginia to Southern.
With the Jaguars, he said he believes he can play more often, maybe draw the attention of a few NFL scouts.
“He’s got speed. He’s got size,” SU coach Stump Mitchell said. “He wasn’t the primary receiver at Virginia, but he caught some balls, and we’re a passing offense. That was the main thing he wanted to be involved with, because he has aspirations of playing at the next level.”
He certainly has the right connections.
First, there’s the name.
Jared Green is the son of Darrell Green, the former Washington Redskins cornerback and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
You might recall that for 20 years, from 1983-2002, Darrell Green was roundly recognized as one of the fastest men in football (last year, when he turned 50, he claimed via Twitter that he celebrated by running the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds).
Though Darrell Green was born in Houston and played college football at Texas A&I, he and his family now live in Virginia. That’s where Jared grew up.
He signed to play at Virginia and, after redshirting in 2007, played the next three seasons, mostly in a reserve role. He had 35 catches for 363 yards and two touchdowns from 2008-10, and while he wanted to play more, Green said he had other reasons to transfer — most notably, the firing of coach Al Groh in late 2009. Though he played last season for new coach Mike London, Green never felt as comfortable.
“(Groh) was my mentor. He was my favorite coach. Once he left, I figured that I was going to leave,” he said. “I had also graduated, which gave me the opportunity to go anywhere I want.”
At first glance, a Southwestern Athletic Conference school seemed to make the most sense. But it wasn’t Southern.
Green’s godfather is none other than Monte Coleman — the former Redskins linebacker and teammate to Darrell Green, and now the fourth-year head coach at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Though Coleman reportedly made his pitch, Mitchell won out in the end.
As a former running back with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Mitchell got to know Darrell Green and Coleman. They played against each other as NFC East rivals in the 1980s.
“Stump is a very good friend, and (he was) a great guy to play against,” Coleman said last month. “Stump gave it everything he had, and ... when you go against guys that give it their all, it makes the game a whole lot better.”
As for Jared Green, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound wideout has spent the early part of preseason camp with the first-team offense, working mostly with senior LaQuinton Evans, junior Charles Hawkins and junior Michael Berry.
“I told coach Stump I had the ability and the want to help the team get better,” he said. “So I’m glad to be at Southern and here in Baton Rouge. They’ve opened their arms to me.”
In return, he’d like to offer a steady pair of hands.