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Whatever happened to the white tailback?

It has been 23 years since Craig James rushed for 1,000 yards. What happened to the white tailback? Story

Updated: September 30, 2008, 1:05 PM ET
By Jemele Hill | Page 2

When Michigan played Notre Dame, a freshman pounded the Irish for 131 yards rushing, slashing and slithering around defenders like an eel.

It was some coming-out party. But other than his ability, one thing really stuck out about this Wolverines tailback.

He's white.

Michigan hasn't had a white player start at tailback since Rob Lytle in 1976, which also was the last time a white tailback led the Maize and Blue in rushing.

If Sam McGuffie's ...

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