Lincoln, NE - Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has confirmed sophomore running back Aaron Green has been given permission to seek out other schools and plans to transfer. Green was a five-star prospect coming out of high school and thought to be the No. 3 running back on the Huskers depth chart out of spring football. His older brother Andrew is currently a junior cornerback at Nebraska and started ten games last season.
"I guess he's going to come a little closer to home,” Tony Green, Aaron's father told Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star. "I believe he was having a good spring camp, but it was during that time he made the decision.”
After electing to not redshirt in 2011, Green recorded 24 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns last season, including a key touchdown reception against Washington in non-conference play. He was fifth on the team in total carries, behind Rex Burkhead, quarterback Taylor Martinez, Ameer Abdullah, and Braylon Heard (now a cornerback).
“Last year I had a lot of frustration and anger built up inside me, so now is the time to let it out,” said Green in the spring regarding his freshman season. “I knew without a doubt I was good enough to play in every game, so it took a toll on me.”
As a senior at San Antonio Madison high school in Texas, Green rushed for 1,717 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He was named a U.S. Army All-American and also represented the United State as part of the Team USA vs. The World Game.
The nation's No. 6 running back in the 2011 class, Green had close to 30 offers out of high school, with some of the highlights being Oklahoma, TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor, and Houston – all schools listed as possible destinations in the LJS report.
The Nebraska backfield is thought to be loaded in 2012, starting with senior Heisman hopeful Rex Burkhead, who rushed for over 1,357 yards last season. After Burkhead, sophomore running back Ameer Abdullah is thought to be next in line. The Alabama native rushed 42 times in 2011, collecting 150 yards and three scores. All indications are Abdullah looked very promising in spring practices.
Joining the two will be 2012 signee Imani Cross in the fall. Known to be a bigger tougher back, Cross ran for nearly 1,800 yards last season at North Hall high school (GA), and chose Nebraska over offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Maryland among others. The incoming freshman is likely to play, as his 6-foot-1, 220 pound frame brings a different look to the backfield.
In addition, Nebraska is likely to get their fullback more involved, as former Alabama back Mike Marrow becomes eligible to play. Marrow rushed for nearly 1,000 yards his senior year in high school and was a 3-star prospect coming out of high school.