EJ Perry
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Perry playing for Brown in 2021
No. 12 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1998-01-01) January 1, 1998 (age 24)
Andover, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school:Andover High School
(Andover, Massachusetts)
College:Boston College (2017−2018)
Brown (2019−2021)
Undrafted:2022
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Ernest Joseph Perry IV (born January 1, 1998) is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Boston College and Brown.

Early life and high school

Perry grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and attended Andover High School. He played football at Andover for his father, EJ Perry III, and was a four-year starter at quarterback. Perry set the single-game state record for passing yards with 636 during his junior season and was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd.[1] As a senior, Perry was named the Boston Globe Division 1 Player of the Year after he passed for 3,398 yards and 47 touchdowns, which tied the state record, and also rushed for 1,006 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.[2][3] He finished his high school career with 8,712 passing yards and 114 touchdown passes, both of which are second in Massachusetts high school history.[4] Perry committed to play college football at Boston College over FBS offers from UMass and Ohio and from FCS schools New Hampshire, Holy Cross, Monmouth, Bryant, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown and Columbia.[5]

College career

Perry began his collegiate career at Boston College and joined the team as an early enrollee.[6] He played in one game as a freshman but did not throw a pass. As a sophomore, Perry played in five games and completed 27 of 39 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Following the end of the season, Perry announced that he would be transferring to Brown where his uncle, James Perry had recently been named head coach.[7]

Perry was named the Brown Bears starting quartback going into his first season with the team. He was named first team All-Ivy League after completing 251 of 418 pass attempts for 2,948 yards and 22 touchdowns with 13 interceptions and also leading the team with 730 rushing yards with eight touchdowns.[8] He also played basketball for Brown following the season.[9] Perry's initial senior season in 2020 was canceled due to Covid-19.[10]

In 2021, Perry won the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League’s top offensive player and was again named first team all-conference after completing 295 of 444 attempts for 3,033 yards and 23 touchdowns against 14 interceptions and rushing for 402 yards and seven touchdowns.[11][12] He also won The George H. "Bulger" Lowe Award by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as the best offensive player in New England and was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.[13] After the conclusion of his college career, Perry was invited to play in the 2022 East–West Shrine Bowl.[14][15] He completed 13-of-18 passing attempts for 241 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for two two-point conversions and was named the game's offensive MVP.[16]

College statistics

Brown
Season Team Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2018 Boston College 4 0 2−2 27 39 69.2 277 2 0 145.8 20 70 3.5 1
2019 Brown 10 10 2−8 249 416 59.9 2.938 22 13 130.4 141 727 5.2 8
2020 Brown 0 0 0−0 Season canceled due to Covid-19
2021 Brown 10 10 2−8 296 445 66.5 3,034 23 14 134.6 111 402 3.6 7
Career[17] 24 20 6−18 572 900 63.5 6,247 47 27 133.1 272 1,199 4.4 16

Professional career

Perry participated in the 2022 NFL Combine and received the highest overall athleticism score of any quarterback invited.[18][19] Leading up to the draft he worked out with New England Patriots quarterbacks Mac Jones and Jarrett Stidham at Edge Performance Systems in Foxborough, Massachusetts.[20]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 1+58 in
(1.87 m)
211 lb
(96 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.65 s 4.18 s 6.85 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
All values from NFL Combine[21][22][23]

Perry initially agreed to terms for a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent shortly after the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft.[24] However, he opted not to sign with the team after the Eagles signed quarterback Carson Strong and instead signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 3, 2022.[25]

Personal life

Another uncle of Perry's, John Perry, is also a football coach and was previously the head coach at Merrimack College.[26] John also was a receiver coach for the Houston Texans.

References

  1. ^ "FACES IN THE CROWD". Sports Illustrated. November 30, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  2. ^ "Program pedigree draws Andover's EJ Perry to Boston College". Boston Herald. February 1, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  3. ^ "BC's EJ Perry had help making adjustment to college football". Boston Globe. April 20, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  4. ^ "Andover's EJ Perry makes his mark". Boston Herald. November 25, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  5. ^ Hall, Brendan (April 24, 2016). "Andover's E.J. Perry IV commits to Boston College". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  6. ^ Muldoon, Michael (December 1, 2016). "It hasn't always been easy, but together E.J. Perry IV and his father have made history". Andover Townsman. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  7. ^ "Andover's Perry thrilled for new opportunity with Brown football". The Eagle-Tribune. August 18, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  8. ^ "All-American Perry impatiently waits for football in spring". The Eagle-Tribune. September 13, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  9. ^ Raven, Benjamin (February 22, 2022). "2022 NFL combine: Detroit Lions staring down crowded group at top of this year's ho-hum quarterback class". MLive.com. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  10. ^ "Why were NFL scouts flocking to Brown University football games this fall?". The Boston Globe. December 13, 2021. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  11. ^ Koch, Bill (December 13, 2021). "Ivy League names Brown QB EJ Perry the winner of the Bushnell Cup as top offensive player". The Providence Journal. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  12. ^ Burt, Bill (December 19, 2021). "Pro ambitions: Coach James Perry on his nephew E.J., 'He's ready'". The Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  13. ^ Coit, Nick (November 23, 2021). "Brown QB E.J. Perry Named Finalist For Walter Payton Award". ABC6.com. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  14. ^ Thompson, Rich (January 24, 2022). "Brown quarterback EJ Perry chasing NFL dreams". Boston Herald. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  15. ^ Reid, Jordan (December 28, 2021). "Meet the 2022 NFL draft quarterbacks: Stats, background and analysis for Kenny Pickett, Desmond Ridder, Matt Corral, Malik Willis". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  16. ^ Sam, Doric (February 4, 2022). "EJ Perry Named Offensive MVP as West Beats East in 2022 Shrine Bowl". Bleacher Report. Retrieved February 4, 2022.
  17. ^ "EJ Perry College Stats". ESPN. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  18. ^ "EJ Perry puts Brown on the map at the NFL Combine with hopes to make school history". The Providence Journal. March 4, 2022. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  19. ^ Neville, Scott (March 4, 2022). "Local Athlete Turns Heads With Electric Showing At 2022 NFL Combine". NESN.com. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  20. ^ Volin, Ben (March 22, 2022). "Brown's E.J. Perry is a rarity: An Ivy League quarterback who is an almost certain NFL draft pick". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  21. ^ "EJ Perry Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  22. ^ "NFL Combine: Official measurements for every NFL Draft prospect in Indianapolis". theathletic.com. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  23. ^ "EJ Perry, Brown, QB, 2022 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  24. ^ "It wasn't how he planned it, but Brown QB EJ Perry lands in the NFL". The Providence Journal. May 1, 2022. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  25. ^ Alper, Josh (May 3, 2022). "Undrafted free agent QB EJ Perry to sign with Jags after initial agreement with Eagles". ProFootballTalk.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved May 3, 2022.
  26. ^ "Every fall, the Perrys grow their legacy as the state's first family". Boston Globe. September 12, 2021. Retrieved January 26, 2022.