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22 DAYS TO 2022 KICKOFF: Daniel Green

In which BracketCat counts down the 22nd day until the 2022 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Daniel Green.

#22 Daniel Green
It’s hard to remember now, but entering 2021, talented linebacker Daniel “Deuce” Green (22) was still somewhat of an unknown quantity. One year later, he’s quite possibly the top Big 12 linebacker!
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NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#22 Daniel Green

Redshirt Senior | 6-3 | 242 lbs. | Portland, Oregon
Daniel Green
Daniel Green
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Daniel X. “Deuce” Green (b. Jan. 8, 1999) is an athletic linebacker who broke through as a full-time starter in 2021 after two years spent primarily as a reserve.

Green, who obtained his bachelor’s degree in sociology from K-State in December 2021, enters his senior campaign in 2022 with 162 career tackles, 88 stops shy of becoming the 27th player in school history with 250 tackles in a career and the first since 2014.

He now has 115 solo tackles in his career, 54 shy of entering the school’s top-10 list.

Originally announced as part of the 2017 class, Green was a promising, physical defensive end/linebacker prospect from Oregon who was a bit of a February Signing Day surprise.

The four-star linebacker selected K-State over offers from Mississippi, Oregon State and Utah. But academic eligibility issues kept him from enrolling until spring 2018 as a grayshirt.

He redshirted in 2018 and spent the 2019 season getting his feet wet at the Division I level.

Green played in all 13 games in 2019 as a reserve linebacker and on special teams, making an immediate impact while totaling 34 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He also chipped in three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Green carded a season-high seven tackles at Mississippi State, a game that featured a fumble recovery that led to a K-State touchdown to put the Wildcats up by two scores.

He also had five stops and a sack against TCU, while he registered four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against Bowling Green.

Green served as part of the regular linebacker rotation for all 10 regular season games in 2020, with starts at Iowa State and Baylor, and he set career highs with 39 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks on the year.

He registered 13 tackles at Baylor, the most by a Wildcat since 2017; set career highs in tackles for loss (2.5) and sacks (1.5) against the Bears; and also had a sack at TCU.

Green recorded seven tackles at West Virginia, which included one for a loss. He broke up passes in his two starts at Iowa State and Baylor.

In 2021, Green played in all 13 games with 12 starts (only missing the one start due to a targeting-related suspension, which might be his one in-game weakness, although a few of those calls were suspect at best), leading the team in both tackles (89) and tackles for loss (16) as he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches.

He ranked 18th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 with 5.3 solo tackles per game, and also ranked 22nd in the nation and third in the conference with two fumble recoveries.

Green finished the 2021 season ranked eighth in the Big 12 Conference with 6.85 tackles per game, the highest ranking by a Wildcat since 2017. He had 69 solo stops on the year, just three shy of the school’s top-10 list, while he was two tackles for loss shy of the top 10.

Green totaled at least nine tackles in five games, the first Wildcat with at least nine tackles in five games since Elijah Lee did it in 2016. He tallied a season-high 11 stops at Texas, while he had nine tackles each against Stanford, Nevada, TCU and Baylor.

His effort against the Bears included three tackles for loss, while he had 2.5 tackles for loss against TCU and two TFLs in the Wildcats’ win over LSU in the Texas Bowl.

His two tackles for loss against the Tigers tied for the seventh most in K-State bowl history.

Green also recorded sacks against Nevada, West Virginia and Baylor, while his fumble recoveries came against Southern Illinois and TCU. He is a preseason All-Big 12 honoree.

Green prepped at Madison High School under head coach Don Johnson Jr.

With the Senators, he earned second-team all-state honors from The Oregonian, while he also was a two-time first-team all-conference honoree.

Green was named one of the top 250 prospects in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.

The organization also viewed him as the 10th-best inside linebacker in the nation and the third-best player in the state of Oregon.