Green 'Excited' to Play in Harbaugh's Offense

Junior RB Derrick Green discusses about playing in Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's offense and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Derrick Green was back at home with his parents during winter break, that’s when news broke that Jim Harbaugh was going to be his next coach at Michigan.

“I was excited,” Green said of Harbaugh. “He’s an NFL coach. He likes to run the ball downhill and feed his backs. He is a winning coach and that’s what we need here.”

Adding: “(With) coach Harbaugh’s past with the (San Francisco) 49ers and the way he likes to run the ball, downhill power game and I’m definitely excited about it.”

Green, who started six games last season before ending his season with a broken clavicle, rushed for 471 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. But now with Harbaugh in charge, he says there an opportunity to run the ball more in his offensive scheme.

“I don’t want to say there is any major differences,” Green said. “We’re going to run the ball, throw it, mix it up a little bit, throw some trick plays in there. There is just a lot to look forward to this year. People better watch out.”

Coach Wheatley

Running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley, who played at U-M in the early ‘90s, is already making an impact in this year’s group of running backs, says Green.

“He’s crazy man,” Green said. “He’s crazy, but we love him to death. He came in and here and he has taught me so much stuff, some things that changed my game around and made me a better back. He’s just coming from the league, so he knows what it takes to make it to the next level and be a great back in the Big Ten.”

What standouts the most about Wheatley? Well, Green says Wheatley’s college and NFL experience has already paid dividends thus far.

“When we sit down together and watch film, he sees things that we don’t see,” Green said. “He sees where we can change to better our game. Put ourselves in the predicament of where he was; how great of a back he was in the Big Ten and that’s great because that’s what we need.”

Moving on from Injury

With starting job up for grabs, Green he’s injury free since breaking his clavicle against Rutgers last season. Now, he says he’s ready to compete for the starting job in 2015.

“Can’t wait (for camp),” Green said. “I feel like it has been forever since my injury. I went to spring ball and everything was good, but camp is where we all lay it all on the line for starter.”

Michigan opens its season at Utah on Sept. 3.


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