Introducing Springbrook's Leonard Green. He runs, he catches, he throws. He plays three defensive positions and runs back punts and kickoffs. No, he doesn't drive the bus.

"He's a terrific player," Coach Bob Milloy said. "We play him at linebacker, defensive end and free safety. He runs back kickoffs and punts. Offense, he plays fullback, wingback and halfback. He can catch. He can throw. We run a halfback-option pass. He can do anything you want him to do. I'd say it's extremely helpful to have a guy like him around."

How helpful? Well, he's the leader of his team, and it's 11-0 and ranked No. 1 in the area as it prepares to entertain Wootton on Saturday in the Maryland Class 4A semifinals.

Green's regular season totals were outstanding. He rushed for 1,318 yards, the sixth-highest total in the area. His 22 touchdowns ranked seventh among the leaders. He is Springbrook's third-leading receiver with six catches.

Last week, in the opening round of the playoffs against Severna Park, Green added to his totals. Significantly. He carried the ball 29 times for 243 yards and scored five touchdowns. He caught five passes for 75 yards. He made five tackles from his free safety position.

Ironically, the best part of his game, returning kicks, is his least favorite. Against Magruder in the season's second week, Green returned four punts for 166 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown, to lead the Blue Devils to a 48-7 victory.

"I don't really have fun running back kicks," he said. "Usually, we'll try to set up a punt block so I don't get too much blocking on the return. Whatever yardage I get is on my own. Getting chased around by 11 guys isn't any fun at all."

In contrast, Green likes the positions where he can dish out the punishment: fullback and free safety.

"I like running the ball and breaking tackles," he said. "And I like playing defense like Steve Atwater of the {NFL} Broncos and Andre Waters of the Eagles, the way they come up and make a solid hit. I just love football. I was born playing football. Ever since I knew what a football was, I've been playing every Saturday."

Green says it was his receiving ability that first allowed him to excel.

"I could catch the ball better than most kids my age, so the older guys would pick me on their teams," he said. "And they used to hit me and rough me up. I guess that made me tougher. When I started playing with kids my own age, it was a lot different."

Now, at the end of his high school career, Green hopes to lead the Blue Devils to their third straight state championship. Standing in their way, though, is a Wootton team that has matched Springbrook's record and is coming off an impressive 17-7 playoff victory over Old Mill.

"Last year we were able to sneak up on people," Green said. "But this year, being ranked on top, teams have been looking for us all season. If we play the way we're capable of, there's not many teams that can beat us.

"We're really anxious to play Wootton this Saturday. We set goals to win the county, the region and to go back to the state championship. We've accomplished most of that but Wootton's standing in our way of that final goal."

After this season, Green will turn his attention toward college. Recruiters from Division I schools such as Nebraska and Tennessee have contacted him, but he might try junior college first to prepare himself academically.

"We've never had anybody better than he is," Milloy said. "The college coaches who've been through here already say he's a phenomenal player. Leonard's got to get his grades up, but now that he has some motivation and a goal, I think it'll work out fine for him."