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There Are B.J. Askew Days to Michigan Football

Waiting for the opening Saturday of college football is agonizing. All we want is 13 weeks of Brent Musberger "pardner" one-liners, the buzz of Michigan Stadium in late November, and jokes about the Bowl Championship Series. Fear not, bleary-eyed traveler. This is a continuing series intended to get through the long, hot summer and back to the glory of football season.

Jonathan Daniel

The 2002 Michigan team had one of the best backfields I've ever seen. Everyone gravitates toward Chris Perry because of the many records he broke. But B.J. Askew was the other half and just as lethal. He could power run, hurdle guys and get around the edge to catch zingers from John Navarre (when they weren't thrown into a defensive lineman's head). Askew got yards when Perry couldn't, and caused Michigan's opponents to worry about the fullback position in that offense.