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There Are Chris Perry 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.

Leon Halip

Michigan's list of running backs is so packed with greats that it is hard to single any one of them out. Chris Perry has the distinction of being atop most of the Wolverines' statistical records at his position, and he won a lot of games for Michigan. Perry was there for the 2006 Citrus Bowl, an overtime victory against Penn State where he plowed into the north end zone for the win, the comeback against Minnesota that will forever be remembered as "John Navarre Goes Into Destroy Mode" game, and his performance against Ohio State for a win in the 100th version of "the Game." If that's not enough, Perry also had a record-breaking performance against Michigan State in 2003 where he had FIFTY-ONE carries. Then he goes and wins the Doak Walker Award. Come on!

A sidestepping magician, a rocket-fueled north-south runner and a bruising short-yardage bulldozer, we won't see it all rolled into one player again for quite some time.