Perry Dorrestein
Dorrestein (#79) on the 2010 Michigan Wolverines football team offense with #16 Denard Robinson, #20 Michael Shaw, #22 Darryl Stonum, #9 Martavious Odoms, #52 Stephen Schilling, #50 David Molk, #80 Martell Webb, and #72 Mark Huyge
No. --     Free Agent
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-09-11) September 11, 1987 (age 32)
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

Perry Ross Dorrestein (born September 11, 1987) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He has NFL experience with the New York Jets and Chicago Bears. He played his college football for the Michigan Wolverines football team.

High schoolEdit

He was rated as the 43rd, 75th and 81st best high school football offensive tackle in the class of 2006 by, ESPN and, respectively.[1][2][3] Rivals also rated him as the 11th best football player in the state of Illinois.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Perry Dorrestein
Plainfield, Illinois Plainfield Central (IL) 6 ft 6.5 in (199.4 cm) 294 lb (133 kg) 5.225 Dec 4,
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 70
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 81 (OT)   Rivals: 43 (OT), 11 (IL)  ESPN: 75 (OT)
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


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Dorrestein played 31 games for the Michigan Wolverines, starting 21 or 22, depending on the source.[4] He started 4 games for the 2008 team, 8 games for the 2009 team and 9 games for the 2010 team.[5] He lost the starting right tackle position to Stephen Schilling in a battle with Mark Ortmann and Schilling at the start of the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season for the 2007 Michigan Wolverines football team.[6] However, he made his career debut on September 8 in the second game of the season against Oregon.[7][8]

With the departure of Mike Hart, Mario Manningham, Adrian Arrington, Jake Long, Chad Henne, and Adam Kraus to the National Football League and Justin Boren's defection from the team, the 2008 Wolverines entered the season for new head coach Rich Rodriguez with only three returning offensive starters: Schilling, tight end Carson Butler and fullback Mark Moundros.[9] Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett transferred and two senior offensive linemen (Jeremy Ciulla and Alex Mitchell) declined to use their fifth years of eligibility.[9] Aside from Schilling, the projected opening game starting offensive line had a total of three career starts.[10] Offensive line injuries continued to affect the lineup through the early part of the season with David Molk (center), David Moosman (right guard) and Schilling (right tackle) being the only players to start each of the first four games.[11] In the first five games, the team used four different starting offensive line combinations due to injuries.[12] Dorrestein's first career start and season debut came in game three during the rivalry game against Notre Dame on September 13.[7][8] By the seventh game the line returned to full strength and used the opening day lineup.[13] For the season, Dorrestein appeared in 5 games, starting 4.[7][8] The young offense had all but one of its starters returning for the following season.[14]

Although Dorrestein played in the first 3 games of the season, he did not start until the 4th game against Indiana on September 26 when the offensive line was reshuffled.[7][8][15] After starting 6 games in a row at right tackle, he missed the November 7 game against Purdue due to a back injury.[7][16]

In 2010, he battled with Taylor Lewan and Mark Hyuge for the left tackle spot, but wound up starting at right tackle.[17][18] He missed the October 30 and November 6 games against Penn State and Illinois due to a sprained knee.[7][8][19] He played sparingly as a reserve in the November 13 game against Purdue,[20] although he served as game captain.[7] During Dorrestein's senior season, Denard Robinson had a record-setting season on offense: he broke Drew Brees' Big Ten single-season total offense record of 4,189 yards.[21] Robinson fell 116 yards short of Tim Biakabutuka's Michigan school record of 1,818 rushing yards. However, he led the conference in both total offense and rushing yards per game.[22]

Pro careerEdit

On July 27, Dorrestein signed with the New York Jets.[23] On November 23, Dorrestein was signed to the Chicago Bears' practice squad.[24]


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  9. 9.0 9.1 Vardon, Joe (2008-03-26). "UM's disappearing offense - Boren's departure means only 3 offensive starters will return". The Blade. p. C1. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  10. Snyder, Mark (2008-08-04). "The Wolverine offensive line: Almost no experience, a ton of hope". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
  11. Heuser, John (2008-09-30). "Offensive line to change again - More improvement is necessary from the entire unit, Rodriguez says". Ann Arbor News. p. B5. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  12. Chengelis, Angelique S. (2008-10-12). "McGuffie a glint of hope for Wolverines' offense". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  13. Feldman, Dan (2008-10-21). "Michigan's Graham guarantees victory over Spartans". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  14. Eisenstein, Michael (2009-03-11). "Michigan QB competition begins this spring". Michigan Daily. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
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  17. Birkett, Dave (2010-04-13). "Wary of injuries, Michigan will limit some regulars in spring football game". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  18. Bigelow, Pete (2010-08-30). "Michigan football team's depth chart reveals one big surprise Monday". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  19. Rothstein, Micheal (2010-10-31). "Michigan running backs continue to struggle and other notes". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  20. Bigelow, Pete (2010-11-15). "Has Denard Robinson hit a wall? Rich Rodriguez says no, plus Michigan's kicker job and injury report". Retrieved 2011-12-15.
  21. "Big Ten Conference Football Full Media Guide". CBS Interactive/Big Ten Conference. January 5, 2010. pp. 37. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  22. "The Automated ScoreBook: 2010 Big Ten Conference Team Statistics Through games of Jan 07, 2011". CBS Interactive. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  23. "Three Former Wolverines Sign NFL Free Agent Contracts". CBS Interactive. July 27, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  24. "NFL transactions for November 23, 2011". Pro Football Weekly. 2011-11-23. Retrieved 2011-12-15.

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