Aaron Green ended a four-year drought of 1,000-yard rushers for TCU when he went for 127 yards against Oklahoma last week.
He only wishes he had more time.
“I can go on for 20 more games this year,” he said Saturday night, speaking with emotion in his voice after the 30-29 loss to the Sooners that eliminated the Horned Frogs from the Big 12 race and playoff consideration. “I have enough in the tank.”
Green leads the team in rushing with 1,100 yards. In the past three games, he has 78 carries for 401 yards and two touchdowns.
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It’s made me appreciate my team much more. Like I said, I love my team. I love my university. These last two games are going to be hard for me.
TCU running back Aaron Green, on the season’s injuries and losses
But now it is certain he has only two more games – Friday against Baylor and a bowl game, most likely the Alamo or Russell Athletic.
“It’s just, I’m talking emotionally, just the fact that a lot of these guys, I’ll never play with them again,” Green said. “It’s just not really how you envision your senior year going. I know you say we’re 9-2. But I want to win them all.”
His post-game tweet included a broken-heart emoji and said, “My time here is coming to an end and all I want to do is win. I left it all on the field today for my teammates and my University #TCU”
9 100-yard rushing games at TCU for Aaron Green, ranking ninth on the school list. He has five this year.
TCU had not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ed Wesley had 1,078 yards in 2010. Green’s season so far ranks fifth-best at TCU since 1998.
But it has become a bittersweet season for Green because of the two losses and the injuries that have cost TCU eight players for the season, including receiver Josh Doctson, Green’s closest friend.
“Not having my best friend here, the struggles, the up and downs – it’s made me appreciate the game much more,” he said. “It’s made me appreciate my team much more. Like I said, I love my team. I love my university. These last two games are going to be hard for me.”
Green said Doctson is doing fine, despite knowing he may never play again for TCU because of the wrist injury that cut short his record season.
“Being unable to play in either of the last two games, he said, ‘Go win,’ ” Green said. “He was at the walk-through. He just told me he believed in me, he believed in us. ‘Go win.’ ”
Top TCU rushing seasons since 1998: LaDainian Tomlinson (2000), 2,158 LaDainian Tomlinson (1999), 1,850 Basil Mitchell (1998), 1,111 Robert Merrill (2003), 1,107 Aaron Green (2015), 1,100
Green said he’s been glad to see strong performances from the injury replacements and 31 freshmen who have had to play this year. He said the comeback attempt against the Sooners made him “extremely proud, extremely proud.”
“I wouldn’t rather be on any other team,” he said. “These guys, my teammates, my brothers, they made this experience my my last year that much sweeter for me. I don’t know. I’m just happy and fortuante to be here. Very emotional. But just going to enjoy these last couple of games.”
He tweeted congratulations to Oklahoma:
Green thought again about the 24 injuries TCU has suffered since spring practice. He himself sat out some of spring training and fall practice because of a groin injury.
“I personally have never been part of a team with this many injuries, this bad luck with health,” he said. “We’ve just come together even closer. We have each other’s back no matter what – bad play, good play; we just fight. Coach Patterson does a really good job of instilling that in us, that never-back-down attitude. We’ll just carry that with us forever.”
He tweeted again Sunday night: