October 4, 2007

Green-Ellis recovering from injuries

BenJarvus Green-Ellis had some strong words about his season heading into the Rebels' showdown with Georgia in Athens a week ago.

Despite running for 408 yards in the Rebels' first four games, Green-Ellis had just one word to describe his production.


Determined to turn things around, Green-Ellis scampered for 108 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries at Georgia.

But the senior running back had to fight through more than the Bulldog defense.

On the Rebels' second possession, Green-Ellis took a carry and ran for a gain - nothing too exciting. But after the play, something was different.

"After the play was over, you know how you feel your teeth with your tongue? I felt they weren't there," he said.

The reason they weren't was because they had been knocked out and through his upper lip.

With his mouth bleeding, Green-Ellis went to the sidelines, where he promptly spit two teeth out onto the turf.

"I spit them out on the sideline, they took care of the blood and I went back in," Green-Ellis said. "I got stitched up at halftime and finished the game."

Green-Ellis spent Monday at the dentist's office, where he had two teeth replaced along with a bridge.

"The gum's still bleeding and sore," he said. "I can eat, but I got to cut it up. I'm not taking any chances by biting into an apple or anything."

Green-Ellis was back on the practice field Wednesday, helping the Rebels build towards another nice day on the ground.

Green-Ellis said the ground game has struggled at times, with it feeling like the defense has given all its attention to stopping the run.

"It seems like they're (always nine guys in the box), but it probably feels like that because we've not had as much success this year," he said. "They've been playing us with so many nine-man boxes. Hopefully, they'll start to respect the deep ball more and we can run more."

The Rebels are also getting more comfortable with the zone blocking schemes they installed before this season.

"We have a power game going and a zone game," Green-Ellis said. "We have to everybody on the same page. It's about precision.

"It all works hand-in-hand."

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