Green is AU’s singing blocker

Published 8:32 pm Wednesday, August 13, 2008

AUBURN – Tyronne Green might not be the vocal leader of Auburn’s offensive line but he will happily sing lead vocals.

Green doesn’t need much prompting to break out in song — in the locker room, walking to class or wherever he happens to be. If he’s feeling a little blue, he’ll tune in to some of the 6,000-plus songs on his iPod.

If he’s feeling happy, guess what he does?

“He always sings,” Tigers defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks said. “He walks and sings everywhere he goes.”

Green was Auburn’s quiet, steady presence on the line last season, mostly yielding the spotlight to three freshman starters. That’s Green the player.

Off the field, he started singing with his church choir when he was 5 and still loves belting out everything from Boyz II Men to Marvin Gaye.

“Music is my joy,” Green said. “It lifts me up when I’m down. When I’m having problems, I just put in some music. It’s like a hobby thing for me. I love singing and music.”

The 6-foot-2, 309-pound senior is more than just a pretty voice, though. He is a second-team preseason All-SEC pick who was even a second-team preseason All-America choice by one magazine.

Green was overshadowed by the story line of freshmen Lee Ziemba, Chaz Ramsey and Ryan Pugh all breaking into the starting lineup last season. The coaches, however, named him Auburn’s best blocking lineman.

“I definitely noticed they were getting all the attention,” Green said. “Of course, three freshmen starting on the offensive line are going to get all the pub. I just tried to stay consistent with what I was doing, just trying to get noticed.

“I don’t need all the spotlight on me. I don’t live for the hype. I just try to be a good, solid, consistent player. Somebody will notice it. They deserved the spotlight. They stepped up this past season.”

Green didn’t crack Auburn’s starting lineup until last season. He started out as a defensive tackle but switched to offense before his redshirt freshman season.

Coach Tommy Tuberville now believes Green has a bright future at his adopted position. At the time, he saw a decent defensive lineman who could be “possibly a great offensive lineman.”

“He might be one of the better and quicker athletes that we’ve had on the offensive line in a while,” Tuberville said. “He doesn’t say a whole lot, but Tyronne’s probably one of the most improved players that we’ve had since we’ve been here over a four- or five-year span.”

Marks, a preseason All-SEC pick, has found out the hard way how tough Green is to go up against in practice.

“A lot of guys, I know how they set. I can’t figure him out,” Marks said. “He doesn’t lean. He doesn’t sit outside. He’s always at the same angle. I’m still trying to figure out how to beat him.”

Marks gained more appreciation for Green after watching tape of Auburn’s games last season, particularly the LSU game when he saw him blocking All-America defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

“I didn’t know how good he was until I started watching film from last year,” he said. “I see him coming off the ball, especially against LSU. He went against Dorsey and did a whole lot of blocking.”