Once upon a time, running back Derrick Green was one of the most highly-touted prospects in the country coming out of high school in 2013. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Green was regarded as a top-3 prospect in the state of Virginia and a top-5 nationally at his position.
After playing three years at the University of Michigan for multiple head coaches, Green after earning a degree is opting to take his talents to the Lone Star State and finish up his collegiate career in Fort Worth.
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Green committed and signed to play for Michigan and then head coach Brady Hoke. However, that prospect status never truly translated for him in his time in Ann Arbor. Green totaled just 270 yards on 83 carries in 11 games played for the Wolverines in 2013, and then things took an unfortunate turn for the worse.
Green played in six games as a sophomore and suffered a broken clavicle that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2014 campaign. It had seemed like he was taking a stranglehold of the No. 1 RB role for the foreseeable future in Ann Arbor that season, as he logged nearly 500 yards from scrimmage in those six games played.
Unfortunately, the injury set him back more than anticipated. In came new head coach Jim Harbaugh and Green because of his injury started off lower on the depth chart than the previous season. In eight games, he would rush for only 157 yards on 47 carries.
The decision to transfer to TCU is an intriguing one, due to the fact that the Horned Frogs will enter the 2016 campaign with some questions in the running game. They are without their leading rusher from a season ago in Aaron Green and perennial dual-threat Heisman candidate, quarterback Trevone Boykin. Both players have graduated and moved on.
Green will enter a situation with one of the best coaches in the business in Gary Patterson, one who always seems to get the best out of his players no matter what he has to work with. The Frogs have a trio of incumbent running backs on the roster but no clear-cut No. 1 back with a little over a month before the season starts.