PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference announced today (Monday, Nov. 3) that fifth-year senior tailback Chris Perry (Advance, N.C./Fork Union Military, Va.) of the University of Michigan football team has earned the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award for his Nov. 1 performance at Michigan State. Perry earned his conference-leading third weekly award of 2003 after carrying the load in a 27-20 victory against No. 9 Michigan State at Spartan Stadium.
Perry was dominant against the Spartans' rushing defense that was ranked 14th nationally, setting a Michigan record with 51 carries and gaining 219 yards and one touchdown. He added two catches for 17 yards. The 51 rushing attempts broke the previous U-M mark of 42 carries shared by Ron Johnson (Nov. 4, 1967, vs. Northwestern) and current Chicago Bears tailback Anthony Thomas (Oct. 30, 1999, at Indiana). They were the fifth most attempts in Big Ten history and trailed the NCAA Division I-A record of 58 carries set by Kansas' Tony Sands vs. Missouri (Nov. 23, 1991).
Perry gained his first 100-yard rushing game on the road with the 219-yard performance against MSU, with all nine previous efforts coming at Michigan Stadium. Perry was also named the ABC Chevrolet Player of the Game.
Perry leads the Big Ten and lists third nationally in rushing this season, having amassed 1,313 yards on 258 carries and 13 rushing touchdowns. He is eighth on Michigan's list for season attempts, 12th on the yardage list and tied for ninth in touchdowns scored. Perry also has contributed 32 receptions for 261 yards and two touchdowns. He leads the Wolverines and is 19th nationally in scoring with 90 points (9.0 avg.) and ranks second in the conference and seventh nationally in all-purpose yardage (157.4 avg.).
Perry pushed his rushing total to 3,335 career yards on 732 carries and 34 rushing touchdowns following the Michigan State game. He is third in career attempts, tied for third in career rushing TDs and fifth in career yards in school history. He needs 78 rushing attempts to pass Jamie Morris (809 from 1984-87) for second place on the career attempts list.
Perry and fifth-year senior quarterback John Navarre (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy HS) are the only Wolverines to earn a conference Player of the Week awards this season. Perry also shared the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards following non-conference victories against Notre Dame (Sept. 13) and Central Michigan (Aug. 30). Navarre earned the recognition following Michigan's 38-35 comeback victory at Minnesota (Oct. 10).
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