I'm curious as to how much everyone thinks Derrick Green will improve next season?
I thought he did great last year! He will go as far as our oline takes him!
This off-season is huge for him. I think he needs to shed about 10-20 lbs, and develop some more lower body strength. If he does those things, and our OL improves, then I see him as a 1,000 yard back.
He was down to 230 at the end of the season. I think his ideal weight is around 225.
Green being behind Hayes and Smith after all of bowl practice was not encouraging.
D. Smith only had 4 carries in that game. My impression was that Al Borges played smaller, faster backs and threw screens/ran reverses in order to compensate for the lackluster interior o-line play. Power running wasn't going to work even if we had Jim Brown at tailback. It wasn't a bad plan, and it is not an indicator of Green's play. Its worth noting that I have felt both Drake Johnson and D. Smith are underrated and I wouldn't be surprised if either wins the RB competition because they are that good (rather than Green being that bad).
Hopefully a lot. It all depends on if the O-line can improve much though, because even the best running backs will struggle if they don't have holes to run through. If the interior O-Line can improve a lot, and the tackles not be awful, he could have a very good season. Otherwise though...I'm not sure he can reach his potential. He would still probably improve, but not by a ton.
I am excited to see what a motivated Derrick Green can do next year.
My hope is that we have a base run play that all of our O-linemen and backs know well and can execute. I think Green will have easier time this year because the offense in general will be more coherent and will be better able to showcase his talents.
I'm no offensive guru but our O seemed disjointed and lacking any sort of cohesion or coherence the past 2 years. Kind of seemed like they were throwing shit against the wall and seeing what stuck. If it was a trick play, they'd do it a few more times till it blew up. If it was a "regular" play, like a screen, we'd never see it again. Weird shit, man.
I hate to be Debbie Downer here, but I'll believe it when I see it. Borges didn't run a hoge poge because he wanted to, he did it because the personel issues dictated it. He probably did a shitty job of adapting, sure, but on the other hand I don't think it's as easy as bringing in a new guy and having him install a new system that all of a sudden makes sense. Nuss will probably still have an OL that'll struggle to do basic things well, consistently. Magnuson being out for spring ball certainly doesn't help.
Statistics suggest 34.55%
41% of the time statistics are made up.
300 carries for 1,500 yards. Book it.
Except bigger, stronger, and faster. I'm thinking 2500 yds rushing, 40 TDs
I have a sudden urge for a beverage.
He has all the potential to be an Eddie Lacey clone if our oline and quarterback play are good enough to enable us to run the ball. You also have to factor in Smith's potential to keep the ground game going given the above two factors hold up their end of the bargain. We saw what they could do against ohio st. we need that effort twelve times this year.
Really this question is pointless unless Derrick Green himself creates an MGoBlog account and decides to answer this.
Be careful what you wish for, there's a high chance of that being an NCAA violation...
a large portion of the question/statements posted here are pointless in the grand scheme of things. We click, we read because we hope someone has some type of insider info and we love Michigan football.
Infinitely. He will never be tackled. TD's every touch.
Assuming he stays injury free and can make it through the entire offseason without serious injury I believe he could become a serious contributor in our run game coupled with smith and Johnson. Those three should push one another (I do not foresee Hayes doing much here but then again that's what I said about Rawls, V. Smith, and Hayes before) and between the presumed three gain no less then 1500. If we can't run the ball then Funk is a goner no matter how young our line is.
Probably somewhere between none to a lot. Think he'll end up with production between 10-300 carries, 30-1800 yards, and 0-25 TDs.
D. Green will probably compare to Barry Sanders, A. Peterson, and Jim Brown.
But shiftier, faster, and stronger.
Until he transcends his physical form when his skill becomes too great for mortal minds to comprehend. After this point, any person who tries to view any of his tape will suffer the most Lovecraftian of deaths, as their eyes burn out of their head and their mind melts at the pure awesomeness of his talent.
I think Derrick Green will have a good year, but I also think one other back will also get close to 1000 yards.
It appears he has no vision or the coaches are coralling him to run to the planned hole even though there is none. They need to teach him to view the line in its entirety and run to daylight where there is one. This takes patience on his part and a huge amount of coaching.
Tough to find a hole when there isn't one. You can't make any judgment on his vision, or really his play at all with the line play last year.
I hope the running game isn't dependent upon Green to carry the load.
I really Hope he does good.
(+6) OVR (+3) SPD (+1) AGI (+5) AWR (+1) CAT (+2) CAR (--) RBK (+9) PBK (--) THP (--) THA (+5) KPW (+9) KA (+8) STA (+5) CLU
Is he competing for the quarterback job? +5 throw accuracy?
Read it again, from the start.
That's what my cat says when she's trying to eject a hairball.
The numbers come before the category. That +5 goes with kicking power. I heard he killed it on the FG drills. He's always had monster legs. With improved conditioning and a leaner core, his foot swing will be much more powerful and accurate. I expect him to be the emergency kicker ... similar to Suh kicking XP's in a pinch. It's a bit dangerous though, because Green is a toe-bash kicker. It puts his big toe at risk. Brady will have some tough decisions to make if it comes down to it.
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Depends on how big of a leap forward the OL makes.
still funny, you guys.
More than I will.
2014 Green/Smith/Hayes/Johnson > 2013 Fitz/Green/Smith
Offensive line will have to give him opportunities but I think Nussy (he's probably not a fan of that nickname) will greatly impact his improvement as well. There will be NO MOAR 30 for 30s coming out of AA.