According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Michigan running back Derrick Green didn’t accompany the Wolverines for the 2016 Citrus Bowl.
They face Florida on Jan. 1 in Orlando.
Derrick Green didn't make the trip. He's still on the team per Harbaugh. Out with an 'internal matter.'
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) December 27, 2015
This reply came moments after coach Jim Harbaugh had said that everyone traveled, per Baumgardner.
The exclusion of Green only fuels speculation about his future in Ann Arbor–especially now that 5-star running back Kareem Walker has pledged to the 2016 class.
Hobbled by obstacles, the 5’11,” 234-pounder had suffered a sprained ankle during the later part of the year and was inactive during the final three games of the regular season. The former 5-star recruit has appeared in 23 games for the Wolverines, who signed Green during the fruitful 2013 cycle.
To date, Green has 212 carries for 898 yards and seven touchdowns through three years. This past season, he rushed 47 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore, he rushed 82 times for 471 yards and three scores. In 2013, Green, then a freshman, had 82 carries for 270 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2014, he suffered a season-ending broken clavicle versus Rutgers, causing him to miss the final six games of the season. Prior to that injury, he appeared to be turning a corner in production. However, this season, Green just never found a groove, topping out with 12 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown during the Wolverines’ 38-0 homecoming win over Northwestern.
During a pre-holiday availability, a team spokesperson said they expected Green–who described as “healthy”–to travel with the rest of the team for the bowl game.