Derrick Green recalls entering Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA) weighing 268 pounds. Realizing he couldn’t do what he wanted – play running back – unless he trimmed down, Green worked hard and is now 215 pounds heading into his junior season. The Panthers standout has also become one of the most coveted running backs in the state of Virginia’s 2013 class.
“I think I did okay. I think it could’ve been better,” Green said referring to his sophomore season performance. In 2010, he rushed for over 600 yards and eight touchdowns on a Hermitage team that made the Group AAA Division 6 state championship game. “Last year I weighed in at about 230, ran about a 4.7. This year I think I’m going to progress and help get my team back to states.
“I just work out every day. I work for perfection. I work out to get better every day. Right now, I’m about 215. I run a 4.3, so I’m just excited for the season.”
Hermitage head coach Patrick Kane has seen the 5’11” tailback’s commitment first hand.
“Derrick is a passionate workout person in the offseason,” Kane said. “He thrives on it. He’s always asking to see film and he’s always asking how he can get better. He wants to do what he’s asked.”
With 2010 Richmond Times-Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year Brendon Riddick now a freshman at Norfolk State, Green expects to have an expanded role this season. Coach Kane estimates his offense will be under center at least 70-percent of the time this season, and the opposition can expect a big dose of the bruising tailback.
“I know my success is going to come from our offensive line. I’ve got a lot of people up front that’s going to help me be successful,” Green said.
Describing his running style, Green said, “I’m straight downhill but I can make a move, break tackles. I’m going...
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