COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- As the final minutes drained out of Texas A&M's leisurely 46-14 win over aspiring Big 12 member SMU, Christine Michael sat between his running mate and trailblazers.
He and Cyrus Gray chatted with an assistant coach before offensive lineman Brian Thomas jokingly jabbed him and the two shared a laugh.
Later, he carefully undid the tape on his wrists and waited for time to expire.
It was all very normal, and a welcome change for Michael.
It capped a night when he returned and ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns, finally joining his teammate, Gray, who led the way with his eighth consecutive 100-yard game and two scores of his own.
But the bulked-up, 221-pound Michael ran hard. He ran angry. He ran like a man
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