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RB Derrick Green pushes way to top of Michigan depth chart

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Whatever Michigan running back Derrick Green has done over the course of the last week in fall camp was apparently working. A week ago Green was being considered the third running back in the mix at Michigan, but he begins this week on top of the pile as Michigan’s number one running back. What will the next week have lined up for the running back battle in Ann Arbor?

A week ago it was suggested by Michigan head coach Brady Hoke that Drake Johnson and De’Veon Smith were No. 1 and No. 1-A on the depth chart, with Green locked in at number two behind them. Perhaps Hoke was using his voice in the media to light a fire under Green, a five-star running back recruit in Michigan’s Class of 2013. Hoke updated the running back situation with the media following a scrimmage over the weekend, which saw Green getting time with the first team offense over both Johnson and Smith.

“Going into it, Derrick was No. 1, yes,” Hoke said, per “I think No. 1a was De’Veon. And I think Drake can help us a bunch.”

So, what changed? Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has been focusing on pass protection out of the running backs this offseason, and that has been an area in need of improvement heading into the fall for the Wolverines. If Green has been able to show some potential in pass blocking with his 5′ 11″, 220 pound frame to help give quarterback Devin Gardner some time to breathe, it could be helping to improve his standing on the depth chart.

It should be noted the Michigan running back situation is not locked in place just yet. Hoke and his staff will continue to evaluate their options. If this much could change in one week, why could it not see things mixed up again over the course of the next week? The time to start game planning is now though, with the season just around the corner. Michigan could find ways to utilize all of their running back options as well.

Michigan will open the 2014 season next week at home against Appalachian State.

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11 Responses to “RB Derrick Green pushes way to top of Michigan depth chart”
  1. brianincbus says: Aug 18, 2014 9:42 AM

    I predict scUM will push their way to the middle of the B1G and finish 8-4 or 9-3, and Flounder will be fired.

  2. jec332 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:10 AM

    9-3. Losses to Penn State, Michigan State, and Ohio State.

  3. mikeyc27 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:26 AM

    Penn state not going to win at UM

  4. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:44 AM

    He looks like a big kid, wouldn’t want to take him on with a full head of steam.

  5. jec332 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:45 AM


    The last four times Penn State and Michigan have played would suggest otherwise. It’s not like 9-3 is bad for Michigan. It’s a considerable improvement over last season.

  6. mtgblue1979 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:51 PM

    10 and 2 with losses to MSU and someone we shouldn’t lose to like Iowa or Indiana.

  7. motown81 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:00 PM

    brianincbus says:

    I predict scUM will push their way to the middle of the B1G and finish 8-4 or 9-3, and Flounder will be fired.

    The “scUM” thing is so old. If you are going to be a troll at least have something new to offer.

  8. pdcooper08 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:07 PM

    What happened to Ty Issac, is he not even in the picture here?

  9. mikeyc27 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:10 PM

    NCAA hasn’t told UM if Isaac is eligible

  10. mikeyc27 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:11 PM


  11. polegojim says: Aug 20, 2014 11:13 PM

    5-11 220, that’s a pretty good load and lower center for blocking than Isaac, and Green has quick feet.

    Looking forward to seeing his overall impact.

    Also would be interesting to see one or two of those good sized TE’s line up as fullback.

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