Green Healthy, Aiming for Starting Role

Junior RB Derrick Green is fully healthy again and looking to win Michigan's feature back role in 2015.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After a promising start in 2014, Derrick Green’s season ended abruptly when he broke his clavicle at Rutgers last fall.

Now fully healthy, Green says ready to start where he left off and win Michigan’s starting running back role – again – in 2015.

“Physically I feel great,” Green said. “I’m in the best shape I think I’ve been in since I’ve been here. I feel good. I’m stronger. I’m faster. I’m just ready to go.”

Green, who started six games last season before losing his season to injury, rushed for 471 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. And when asked if he should be the feature back in U-M’s offense, he replied: “I do.” Why? Well, he points out the work he put in since his injury last fall.

“I just feel like I’ve put so much in and worked so hard,” Green said. “I know the battle is not over. I know the camp is going to be a grind and I’m just ready to give it my all.”

Rated a five-star prospect out of Hermitage (Va.), much was expected from Green coming to Michigan. However, he struggled during his freshman season -- most notably -- with his weight, ballooning up to 245-pounds. Now, he says he’s a much trimmer 227-pounds as a junior.

Green’s main competition at running back is expected to be De’Veon Smith, Drake Johnson, Ty Isaac and Karan Higdon. So winning the job won’t be easy. But that’s not stopping his confidence heading into fall.

“I’m better physically and mentally,” Green said. “I’ve got a whole different mindset coming into this camp. I’m just ready to grind and my body feels great right now. I’ve been doing a whole bunch of different stuff getting ready for this camp and I’m just ready to go.”

Michigan opens its season at Utah on Sept. 3.

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