After three seasons at Michigan Derrick Green's time as a Wolverine is officially over. The former five-star tailback received his unconditional release over the weekend and plans to continue his collegiate career elsewhere as a graduate transfer.
“First and foremost I'd like to thank my coaches, teammates, professors and most of all the fans,” Green said in a statement. “Your support throughout the years has been greatly appreciated. You will be missed but not forgotten. I've decided to end my football career at the University of Michigan. I'm currently pursuing my bachelor's degree and will transfer upon graduating this spring.”
“I've been blessed to play at Michigan for the last few years. Some of the best times of my life have been on that football field. I have worked hard to achieve excellence on and off the field and will be proudly graduating this May. My experience at Michigan has been one I will never forget. I am grateful to leave with a Michigan degree and lots of amazing memories. I will always be a Michigan Man at heart. I am excited to see what the future holds as I close this chapter of my life and begin a new one. I will be pursuing my Master’s degree and continuing my football career next season. I hope my fans continue to support me as I embark upon this new journey. Last but not least, I would like to thank God because even as one door closes he is already preparing new ones to open.”
In 28 games as a Wolverine Green rushed 212 times for 898 yards (4.2 ypc) and seven touchdowns. His best season was his second in Ann Arbor, but it was also his shortest. The 5-11, 234-pounder racked up 472 yards on 82 carries (5.7 ypc) and three touchdowns in just six games. His sophomore campaign ended abruptly at the midway point when he broke his collarbone in a road loss to Rutgers.
Green is following a path previously traveled by former backfield mate Thomas Rawls. The Seattle Seahawks tailback graduated from Michigan in three years and was immediately eligible to play at Central Michigan where he had an outstanding senior campaign.
Green, who was Scout.com’s No. 1 tailback prospect in 2013, is reportedly searching for a similar feature back opportunity and won’t be limited by distance from home, conference, or style of offense.
Stay tuned to Scout.com for more on Green’s list of suitors in the days and weeks to come.