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December 6, 2013

Navarro Football: QB Josh Greer is back for a finale in the Brazos Valley Bowl

Corsicana — Josh Greer had a lot on the line this season. If he performed well in his only season at Navarro College, the sophomore quarterback could land a Division I scholarship.

Four games into the season, Greer was right on target and garnering notice across the country. He was completing 64 percent of his passes and had only a single interception in 95 attempts while tossing seven touchdowns.

And then on the next-to-last series against Kilgore in Week 4, Greer was hit from behind and fell on his right side, breaking his collarbone and landing him on the sidelines for the next six weeks.

Greer never brooded about his misfortune. He was in every meeting, at every practice and always providing aid to understudy Carson Earp.

“We were 4-0 and I knew we were going to be No. 1 after (the Kilgore win),” Greer said. “And then I get hurt and we lose our next two games. That was a rough time.

“Fortunately, (Earp) and I are really good friends off the field, too. I gave him pointers here and there, occasionally telling him which person to read in certain situations. I was glad to help any way I could.”

Greer returned for the SWJCFC championship game, passing for 254 yards and two touchdowns in relief of Earp.

    Now he gets one more chance to show Division I coaches just how good a quarterback he has become since his freshman season at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Greer will get the start on Saturday at noon when the No. 16 Bulldogs face off with No. 14 Hinds (Miss.) CC in the Brazos Valley Bowl at Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan.

“I want to leave on a good note,” Greer said. “I put pressure on myself to play the best I can. But I try not to overthink things. I just take what is there and try not to overthink.”

With one of the best receiving corps in the nation, Greer doesn’t have to overthink. He’s got the fleet Devin Lauderdale, the consummate possession receiver in Austin Collins and former quarterback Alex Austin. And then there’s lanky 6-5 receiver Markel Steward-Gillespie.

“When I know there’s a deep route, I feel confident that Devin can go get it because he’s a real burner,” Greer said. “We’ve got so many receivers with different skill sets. It’s a great group of receivers. We’ve got everything.”

Greer wants to make full use of that corps against Hinds in his last chance to impress. He’s already got offers from Georgia State and Florida International University, but the University of North Texas has shown continued interest this season. Greer plans to visit FIU on Dec. 10 and Georgia State on Dec. 13.

“This is my last chance to make an impression and I’m going to make the best of it,” he said. “I’m excited about the opportunity and I’m just glad to be back on the field.”

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