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Low-key persona serves UCLA's Paul Perkins well

Low-key persona serves UCLA's Paul Perkins well

Paul Perkins is dull. He remains a beige running back in a Technicolor college football world.

Ask the UCLA sophomore about his breakout season and he'll launch into a sermon about the offensive line that lacks only a tambourine and Salvation Army band. Ask a teammate to tell a Perkins story and they'll stare back like you're speaking Klingon.

"I don't have a story," receiver Jordan Payton said. "I don't think anyone does."

Perkins, in short, is a marketing department nightmare — talented enough to promote, quiet enough to breeze by unnoticed.

It can explain a season where Perkins led the Pac-12 Conference in rushing only to get a...

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