Nebraska boasts arguably the Big Ten's deepest running back corps, but the group just got a bit thinner.
Sophomore Aaron Green has decided to transfer, his father told multiple media outlets Sunday night. Green, a San Antonio native, likely will move closer to home and select a Big 12 program. Oklahoma and TCU are among his potential transfer destinations, according to his father, Tony.
From the Omaha World-Herald:
"He wasn't happy," Tony Green said. "He didn't feel that he fit into the system. He wants to get closer to home."
Green had 24 carries for 105 yards and two touchdowns as a true freshman in 2011, playing behind Nebraska's All-Big Ten back Rex Burkhead. Green seemed frustrated with his limited role, but he and classmate Ameer Abdullah logged most of the running back reps this spring as they competed to back up Burkhead in the fall. Both players drew praise from the coaching staff and likely would have received most of the carries in Nebraska's spring game, which was canceled because of bad weather.
"Aaron Green and Ameer Abdullah have had really good springs," Huskers offensive coordinator Tim Beck told me this month. "They were just true freshmen last year, so they're another part of the recipe."
The recipe apparently left a sour taste for Green, who made his decision to transfer during spring practice, according to his father.
Green arrived at Nebraska as the Big Ten's highest-rated recruit in the 2011 class, ranked as the nation's No. 11 overall player in the ESPN 150. While he wouldn't have played ahead of Burkhead this fall, he and Abdullah seemed positioned to compete for the top job heading into 2013.
Green's older brother, Andrew, is a cornerback for the Huskers.
Nebraska still has decent depth at running back, although it moved Braylon Heard, who had 25 carries last season, to cornerback this spring. Heralded recruit Imani Cross joins the Huskers this summer, and fullback Mike Marrow, a transfer from Eastern Michigan, drew strong reviews this spring.