Nominated as an all-area and all-conference MVP by local print media, Billy Green’s stats on the season pretty much says it all.
“Well, this past year I threw for 3,006 yards and ran for 432 yards,” Green said. “Then I threw 46 touchdowns and ran for another six. I think I was around 68 or 69 percent pass completion percentage. I only had six interceptions on the season. I have good arm strength. I’m working on it now and working to get it stronger. I can throw the ball around 55 to 60 yards right now, but I want to get that up a little bit while keeping my accuracy at the same time. I think that’s the key.”
Coach Doman kept track of Green’s performance as the season wore on.
“He just said he’s really excited for me to get down there to BYU,” Green said. “Unfortunately he didn’t get a chance to see any of my games this year, but obviously he saw my statistics and said, ‘Man, you’re really tearing it up out there and doing a good job in leading your team.’ I think he was impressed with some of the things I was able to accomplish throughout the season.”
However, Green was most pleased with his team’s success, rather than his personal success.
“Yeah, I would definitely say the biggest highlight of the season was going undefeated and winning our league for the first time ever,” said Green. “Unfortunately, we lost in the state quarterfinals to a team that ended up winning it all. It was still a very successful season, going 11-1with the most wins King High School has had in a season.”
Although he deserves a lot of the credit for King High School’s football success, he would rather lay it at the feet of his coaches and fellow teammates. That’s just the type of young man BYU is getting to lead its offense in the near future.
“Well, number one, I would say I had a great coaching. I had a great coach that allowed me to make plays,” Green said. “I also had a great line and they were giving me a great pocket and big holes for me to run through when I needed. Then finally, I would say my receiving corps that I had this year. We had 10 different guys catch touchdown passes this year, so we were very difficult to cover and a lot of guys really stepped up.”
Now that his season is over, Green will be graduating early.
“Well, I’m graduating early and I’m heading down for spring ball just to get in the program as early as I can to learn as much as possible,” said Green. “So, I’m heading down for spring ball and we’ll see where it goes from there. That’s kind of the plan right now, so I’m looking forward to that.”
Green admits that when he thinks about the next stage of his football career, he gets a number of different emotions.
“I’m nervous, I’m anxious, I’m excited and I’m antsy,” he said. “I’m just pumped to be a Cougar in general. I’ve got my workout program before I’m heading down there and I’m throwing as much as I can to ready to go down there. I’m excited. It’s going to be new for me, but I’m excited.”
Much like how he performed at the high school level, Green expects to bring an accurate passing attack to BYU’s offense. He expects BYU fans everywhere to see a quarterback that can hit receivers in stride and on time.
“I think I’m a very accurate passer,” Green said. “I think that’s probably one of my best and strongest assets overall when passing the ball. I also think I have really good timing. So, when I get down there I’m going to work hard to get in sync with all the receivers that are down there.
“I’m going to work my hardest to get the timing down and the route running down and all that stuff. I also think my running is kind of underestimated at times as well. I think I kind of got a chance to show that part off a little this past season and ran for over 400 yards and six touchdowns. Those are sort of the things that I’m going to bring to the table.”
While in-state colleges Washington and Washington State were taking a serious look at Green prior to his senior year, many colleges stopped calling once he committed to BYU. He believes that what he was able to accomplish his senior year is only the beginning, and a verification that the Cougar coaching staff has a keen eye for spotting talent regardless of where it may lie.
“I think it just shows how great of a staff they have over there,” Green said. “They know how to spot talent and develop it where it’s needed, and that’s something they do well there. I also think it shows that talent can be discovered at the small school level as well. I think that’s the one thing that I’m most proud of is going to such a great school like BYU from a small school. I’m really proud of that.”