Chris Perry had to know it was coming. You don’t run for 420
yards and four touchdowns on 8.5 yards per carry in the first two
weeks of a season and avoid hearing the word Heisman.

When asked about college football’s most prestigious award and
his possible candidacy yesterday at the weekly media luncheon,
Perry looked sternly at his audience and spoke deliberately.

“It’s two weeks into the season,” Perry said. “Can anybody name
the guys who were (being considered) for the Heisman Trophy last
year two weeks into the season?

“It doesn’t mean anything.”

Last year’s Week Two list included Florida quarterback Rex
Grossman, Nebraska running back Dahhran Diedrick and Oregon running
back Onterrio Smith, all of whom had mediocre seasons and didn’t
come anywhere near the Downtown Athletic Club. Maybe Perry is onto
something.

“No disrespect to Central Michigan and Houston, but if we would
have lost to them, people would have said it was an upset,” Perry
said. “To get excited about two games … we haven’t even started
the season yet.”

In ESPN.com’s Heisman “Experts Poll,” Perry is tied with
Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning as the No. 6 Heisman candidate
in the nation. North Carolina State quarterback Philip Rivers is
listed at No. 1, even after losing this past Saturday to Wake
Forest. Virginia Tech tailback Kevin Jones and Kansas State
quarterback Ell Roberson are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, even
though both players were injured this past week. Wisconsin tailback
Anthony Davis and Miami tight end Kellen Winslow are No. 4 and No.
5, respectively.

Trading spaces: True freshman LaMarr Woodley has already
switched from linebacker to defensive end. It turns out that fellow
freshman Prescott Burgess, recruited as one of the top safeties in
the country, will take his place at linebacker in Michigan’s
defense of the future.

Burgess is listed as backup inside linebacker on the depth
chart.

“We had talked, when Prescott first came here, the question was
how big is he going to get?” Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
“Looking at him during our training camp it was very obvious that
he is a physical guy.

“I think it’s a move that down the road will be very positive
for our program.”

Harris out: Michigan linebacker David Harris is out for
the season with an injury to his ACL. Harris hurt his knee during
the Houston game, becoming the fifth Michigan linebacker in the
past two seasons to suffer a season-ending injury.

Notes: Carr said true freshman kicker Garrett Rivas will
handle the field goal duties against Notre Dame. … Safety Marlin
Jackson, who was suspended against Central Michigan and did not
start against Houston, will start his first game of the season
Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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