Lincoln University will host Cheyney University in the “Battle of the First,” in what should be an exciting Black college football classic on Saturday, September 1 at 1 p.m.
There will a lot of history in this contest. The two oldest historically Black colleges will clash in Lincoln University’s new football stadium on its campus right near Oxford.
This will be the first game in the new facility. In addition, Tim Green, Lincoln University’s first NCAA Division II All-American, will be one of the top players in this contest. That’s a lot of firsts.
“It’s two great schools that will be going at it,” Green said. It’s a wonderful thing. I wish we could get more publicity. It’s amazing how these two schools go all the way and we’re still playing each other. I think it’s really cool.
“It’s nice that we don’t have to go far to play the game. We can just go to the cafeteria and come down and go to practice. Everyone is looking forward to it. The atmosphere is going to be really exciting with Cheyney coming here. It’s nice to be able play the game right here.”
Green knows how to play the game. The Lions defensive end garnered All-American and All CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) honors. He was named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Green, a 6-foot-1, 255-pound senior, had 56 total and 43 solo tackles last year. He led the team with 21 tackles for loss of 133 yards. Green just didn’t do well against the run. He had 17 sacks.
“Tim is a player,” said O.J. Abanishe, Lincoln head coach. “He earned All-American honors last year. He was second in the nation in yards loss. He’s put in a lot of work to get where he’s at right now. He put in even more work in the offseason. He came back in great shape. He added a few more pounds to his frame. He’s ready to have a good season. Plus, we had Kenny Johnson who is a defensive end on the other side of Tim. He had a good year. He had like eight sacks. We had a lot of sacks. Tim has done well. He should have another good year.”
Green played his scholastic football at Scotch-Plains Fanwood High School in Fanwood, N.J. He wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school. In fact, he was a member of Lincoln’s first football team under Abanishe when the school brought football back in 2008 after a 48-year absence.
“Tim was actually a walk-on,” Abanishe said. “That first year we didn’t have an opportunity to recruit. He came to us as a linebacker. But we moved him down to the defensive line where he’s done really well. He’s worked under coach (Herb) Pickens. He’s done well down there.”
When it comes to football, Green has a good foundation. The game has been a big part of his family.
“I have a cousin, Eugene Monroe, who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Green said. “My brother Marcus Green plays football for Temple. They both have been giving me a lot of encouragement. They were great players in high school. I stay in touch with them.
“I played linebacker in high school. I’m not real tall. I think that had something to do with me not being heavily recruited. I just keep working. The big thing with me is getting stronger. I worked on my strength. I have pretty good speed, but I really wanted to improve my strength.”
Green should be in great shape when Lincoln faces Cheyney to kickoff the college football season in two weeks.