Breakout Performers: Alex Green

Struck by the dreaded injury bug after Week 7 last year, running back Alex Green believes he’s inching closer to full strength and is excited about the upcoming season. Considered one of the better running back prospects coming into the 2011 NFL Draft, Green was selected by the Packers in the third round with 96th overall pick.

Green benefited from playing in the spread attack at the University of Hawaii and garnered several individual awards. He was named honorable mention All-American by SI.com, Capital One Impact Performer of the Week and WAC Player of the Week multiple times. Possessing exceptional athletic ability and ideal size for the position, Green has all the tools to make it at the next level. At Hawaii, he was the first running back since 1992 to exceed 1000 yards rushing and broke the single game school rushing record with 327 yards on 19 carries against New Mexico State.

Professional athletes are no stranger to injury, and just when Green was starting to find his place within the Packers’ offense last season he tore the ACL in his left knee while blocking on a kick return.

Despite injury, the Packers showed confidence in their second year back when they opted not to draft a running back.  Now, more than six months after the injury, the 6-foot, 225 pound back is running four days a week, picking up speed and doing all of the power cleans, dead lifts, single-leg squats he did before the injury.

If Green continues to recover and show great instincts as a blocker and receiver, he can expect to get the playing time to prove his worth.

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