2018 Graduates - James Green
There may never have been a player at the academy who has been as versatile - and effective in multiple positions - as James Green. Midway through 2015, James joined the team as a Wide receiver and battled for playing time with Tom Moore and Matt Payne already as the established 1-2 receivers in the offense. Although he led the team in drops that year, by the time of the team’s first visit to BritBowl in September 2015, James had firmly established himself as one of QB Bruin White’s favourite targets. James remembers that tournament fondly:
‘In the last two games (of the 2015 BritBowl), we struggled in the first half and then everything clicked as a team - I got myself more touchdowns in a game and a half (against Chorley and Leeds)than the rest of that season.’
In 2016, Green had a breakout season at youth and also played junior football for the first time. In that young offense of 2016, alongside WR Moore and TE Ethan Cooper, Green proved to be the go to receiver, with a number of key receptions. 2016 also saw James play defense for the first time, with spells at DB and LB late in games.
That move became permanent in 2017 when James chose to flip his ability to the defensive side of the ball and made the move to Safety. Green quickly established himself once again in the defensive backfield, and led the team in interceptions in 2017 with six. His favourite memory of that season were the two victories over Farnham, and he almost had a seventh interception that year - his pick six against the Blitz was called back due to an inadvertent whistle from an official. That crucial decision came at a time when the Seahawks had the eventual National Champion Blitz on the ropes - had that score stood, Solent would have taken an 18-12 lead with a quarter of football left… who knows what would have happened had that official not got whistle-happy.
Late in that season, with an injury to Captain Nick Bergamaschi, HC White chose James as the replacement Captain - an honour that he carried into the 2018 season. His maturity and leadership grew, and James also debuted for the Filton Pride in late 2017. The experience gained with the Pride enhanced those skills and in his final season, Green was not only a valued member of the defense - starting at Weak side Linebacker, but also served as a mentor to the younger players.
Did we mention his versatility? Green has played RB, WR, TE, S, CB, KR, PR, OLB and is also the team’s all-time leading kicker. It’s not going to be easy to replace number 17. Post-Seahawks, James will return to the Pride for his second season there, and has lined up a coaching role for the upcoming BUCS season looking after the Linebackers at the UWE Bullets.
If he ever needs any tips or advice on coaching, he knows his former coaches at the Seahawks are only a phone call away.