Green Credits O-line, Ready For Irish

Sophomore RB Derrick Green gives early season success to his offensive line, talks Notre Dame.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- One week into Michigan’s 2014 season, and Derrick Green is already seeing a difference in the Wolverine blocking scheme up front.

On Saturday, Green rushed for 170 yards on 15 carries and scored one touchdown in Michigan’s season opening 52-14 win over Appalachian State.

And the sophomore running back is giving all the credit to the offensive line.

“Everything was definitely opening up,” Green said. “Our offensive line they did a great job of opening up holes. Our spring ball [and] fall camp preparation was key. They were focused in on that game. It was real exciting. I give all my credit to my offensive line.”

The Michigan run game produced 350 yards on Saturday, which is roughly 225 yards more than the unit averaged in 2013. However, Green says they will have to prepare harder for the next opponent – Notre Dame – when U-M play at ND this Saturday night.

“Just to come out and prepare for this week,” Green said. “A different game, a different challenge. It’s all in our mindset.”

Green continued:

“It’s just time to take it up to the next notch,” Green said. “It’s to time to turn it up ten notches. The mindset and preparation has to go up. It’s a different game being in South Bend. It’s going to be the last time we play there, so it’s going to be a big game.”

While Green admits he is “excited” to play at Notre Dame for the first time, he also knows what is in store for him this Saturday night.

“I’m excited, but I know it’s a grind,” Green said of the Irish. “and I got to stay focused. Just prepare with the right mindset. It’s not a game, but I know at the same time you have to have fun with it. … and go hard.”

Michigan (1-0) plays at No. 16 Notre Dame (1-0) this Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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