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Ever since Lloyd Carr stepped down as head coach of the Wolverines, Michigan has run a spread offense. With former coach Rich Rodriguez's recruits, Brady Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges were forced to utilize the speed skill set of their players in a spread offense.
But, Brady Hoke is a man of 1990s traditional Michigan football. Michigan's iconic offenses featured big, burly offensive lines with an under-center pro-style quarterback, and a powerful feature back lining up behind the offense.
Now, that Michigan offense is back.
Derrick Green is the key piece in the revival of the Wolverines power, pro-style offense.
Green is a feature back with all of the intangibles to be a true pro-style running back.
He is the perfect size at 6'0" 220 lbs., a great combination of compact size and power. But, Green also has the ability to run off the tackle and make moves in the open field thanks to his 4.4 second 40-yard dash speed.
According to ESPN's scouting report, "Green is quick to get downhill and attack the hole and he gains momentum fast."
ESPN also says, "[Green] is at his best when squared up and given a heavy dose of Iso and Power plays."
With a pro-style running game mainly consisting of Iso and Power runs off of the offensive guards and tackles, Green will be squaring up as a north-south runner.
ESPN says Green's ideal situation is to have "a downhill, heavy power-running offense at the next level that can feed this north-south workhorse the ball."
Green will be that workhorse for the Michigan offense.
Michigan's focus on reestablishing the pro-style offense sets Green up to become a key part of the game plan and showcase his skills as a power running back.
Green's commitment means Michigan will have their traditional Big Ten power running, pro-style offense back at full strength.