HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The annual East West Shrine football game is one of the biggest all-star events for college seniors. But this is no ordinary contest for former warrior running back Alex Green it's more like a job interview.
"I talked to a few scouts earlier in the week and they told me that I was a lot faster than they expected. I was more explosive than they expected, that I ran hard and catch the ball well."
Those complements are more than pats on the back for Green who has drawn rave reviews from NFL scouts and coaches during this week's practice sessions.
Any hope he has to boost his NFL stock before April's draft will come during this week's practice sessions and Saturdays game.
Coming out of Butte Community College Green was used to getting the ball 25-plus times during a game. Needless to say he had some apprehensions coming into a pass heavy offense at UH.
However, Green said playing in the Warriors version of the run-and-shoot has helped make him a complete package.
"I'm a better blocker. I can read the defensive blitzes more. I can see the schemes on defense a little better. like I always say, it was a blessing in disguise going to Hawaii.
Green and former Warrior Laupepa Letuli have been getting reps with the west's first team. While green says he's not sure if they'll get a starting nod, he does take great pride wearing the Warrior helmet during practice when they lineup against some of the other top seniors in the country.
"I go out there and try to bust my butt every time you know. To prove to those guys that it doesn't matter what team you come from and what conference you come from. If a players good then they're good. I definitely go out there with a chip on my shoulder."
The East West Shrine game airs live on the NFL network Saturday at 1130am Hawaii Time.
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