The defensive line has taken some hits with as key linemen and ends have either declared for the NFL Draft or hit the transfer portal, but a key cog inside will be back next season.
David Green announced via Twitter Friday afternoon that he will be utilizing his COVID-19 eligibility and returning for his super senior season in 2023.
“They counted us out. They didn’t think we would make it. They didn’t believe in us. But the man above did. Let’s run it back for one more dance,” Green wrote in his Twitter post.
Dear PANTHER NATION,
They counted us out. They didn’t think we would make it. They didn’t believe in us. But the man above did. Let’s run it back for the last dance. 💙💛 pic.twitter.com/hYxPHPBFUp
— David Green (@TMT_DGreen2) January 20, 2023
Green played in all 14 games last season, rotating as a starting defensive lineman with Devin Danielson (who has yet to announce his intentions for 2023) alongside Calijah Kancey.
He racked up 410 defensive snaps in 2022, grading out as an above-average run-stopper. He recorded 22 tackles (11 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup last season.
In a career where he’s graded higher and higher each season, Green has racked up 59 tackles (31 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two pass breakups.
The 2022 season was a sort of ‘coming out party’ for Green, and his veteran leadership and production will be highly valued additions to the 2023 defensive line group.
Danielson, Tyler Bentley and Chris Maloney are also expected to announce their decisions when it comes to utilizing added eligibility sooner rather than later.
Green’s decision, no matter the outcome of his peers, is a key veteran addition to the roster.