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From the obituary desk of Petronius.

Thanks to Northerfisher for this tip.

Ex-Michigan great, Iowa athletic director Bump Elliott dies at age 94

Elliott attended Purdue from 1943 to 1944. In his freshman year, Elliott earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. He played three games for the unbeaten and untied 1943 Purdue football team where he was described as "a capable triple-threater and stellar defensive performer."[7]

In 1947, Elliott played for the Wolverines team known as the "Mad Magicians" that went undefeated and untied, and defeated the Southern Cal Trojans, 49–0 in the 1948 Rose Bowl. The team is considered to be the greatest Michigan team of all time.[22] Along with Bob Chappuis, Elliott was one of the key players in Michigan's undefeated season. He led the Big Nine in scoring, made the All-American team picked by the American Football Coaches Association, and was voted Most Valuable Player in the Big Nine Conference to win the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy. Elliott was one of two Michigan players in 1947 (the other was fullback Jack Weisenburger) who played both offense and defense.[23] Indeed, Elliott was actually a four-way threat as he contributed in rushing, receiving, punt returns, and defense. He scored a total of 12 touchdowns in 1947—eight rushing, two receiving, one on a punt return, and another on an interception return.[24] He contributed 911 all-purpose yardage – 438 rushing, 318 receiving, and 155 on punt returns.[24] He averaged 6.4 yards per carry as a rusher, 19.9 yards per reception, and 17.2 yards per punt return.[24] Michigan head coach Fritz Crisler called Elliott the greatest right halfback he had ever seen.[24]

Chalmers William Elliott was born in Detroit, but grew up in Bloomington, Illinois.[2] His father, Dr. J. Norman Elliott, was an ears, nose and throat doctor who also coached football at Illinois Wesleyan University from 1930 to 1934.[3] Elliott's given name is Chalmers, but he has been known by the nickname "Bump" since he was six months old, though nobody remembers how he got the nickname, "not even his mother."[4]
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