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Green to play defense in Florida-Georgia IX

Jermaine Green is paying the price this week.

A standout defensive back and running back from Hernando High, Green is feeling the pain of football in June. But it's for a good cause.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder is on the Florida roster for Florida-Georgia IX, a high school football all-star game between top prep stars from the two states.

Kickoff is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, with proceeds benefiting the Florida Elks Children's Hospital in Umatilla.

Green reported for practice in Orlando a week ago, and one day after his first workout he was tired and sore.

"It's the first time I've really worked out since December," he said. "We went all out the first day _ two hours straight. I thought we'd go easy the first day, but we didn't. I didn't think it was going to be so intense."

But it apparently didn't take long for Green to find his way back to playing condition. Early in the week, he declared himself fit.

Green, a first-team member of the Times All-Suncoast team who received All-America honorable mention from USA Today, returned punts in addition to playing on offense and defense for the Leopards.

But Saturday he expects to see action only as a weakside cornerback, the position the Florida State University signee expects to play in college.

"I put down that I wanted to try running back (in the all-star game)," Green said, "but there were like four or five of them so I said, "Forget it.' This way, I know I'll see a lot of playing time at one position."

As for the future, Green knows what awaits him as he prepares for his freshman season at FSU. And he expects to devote at least some of his time in upcoming weeks to staying in shape.

"I'm not going to stop working out," he said. "There's no sense in going through all that pain again."