Video: Brown/Green on patience

It's a long jam at running back, with four players talented enough to start. It's a good problem to have.

As a senior in high school, Aaron Green rushed for over 1700 yards. He was named an All-American and participated in the Army Bowl Game. He scored 19 touchdowns.

Brown talking after the Washington win

Green on adjusting to college

As a freshman at NU, he was sitting the bench in his third game of the season. Not because he did anything wrong, but the talent level is just a little bit better.

With experience junior veteran Rex Burkhead and the emergence of electric true freshman Ameer Abdullah, Green didn't sniff the field against Fresno State after getting reps against UTC in week one.

"Because of Fresno's desire to load the box up, it became a pass protecting game in a hurry," said Nebraska running back's coach Ron Brown. "I had to put my best pass protector in there, that was Rex Burkhead."

But instead of doing something a lot of freshman might have done, Green stayed the course. He didn't complain about his lack of involvement.

So when Ameer Abdullah went down against Washington in the second quarter, Green was ready. Sometimes opportunities are hard to come by and guys have to make the most of them. Green did - finding the end zone twice and proving he deserves carries as well.

"We didn't promise anyone a down of football here," said Brown. "You didn't come here because you thought you were the only back who was going to play, you didn't come here because you thought you were going to start four years and win the Heisman. You came here to be on a championship team. Which means you are going to have a room of talent."

Aaron Green with Ameer Abdullah

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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