Hawkeye back gets the Greene light

Oct. 22, 2008

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa running back Shonn Greene is proof that stars do punch the clock in the warehouse at McGregors Furniture and they do work out by themselves at Gold’s Gym.

“Greene’s (academic) ineligibility prevented him from using any of Iowa’s on-campus facilities,” writes espn.com’s Adam Rittenberg. “He spent the year studying on his own, working out on his own and hauling furniture at McGregors. He remained connected to the program through his roommate, Hawkeyes running back Albert Young, but he spent most of the year by himself.”

Through eight games this season, Greene has rushed for 1,154 yards and 10 touchdowns and his 6.52 yards-per-carry average is the best nationally among players with at least 150 rushes this fall. The Hawkeyes are 5-3 overall, 2-2 in the Big Ten Conference. Their next outing is Saturday, Nov. 1, at Illinois.

“I never felt sorry for myself,” Greene said. “I was, I don’t know if you want to say saddened by it, but I was upset about it. I talked to coach Ferentz and we had a plan and I just had to do what I had to do to get back.”

To read the entire feature article by Rittenberg on espn.com, click HERE