Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University football coach Rod Reed has announced that redshirt junior, Jeremy Perry, will be the starter at quarterback for the TSU opener against Alabama A&M on September 4th.
The announcement came on Sunday with the decision being made after a three-quarterback competition during training camp between senior Dominic Grooms and freshman Michael German.
"After meeting with my quarterbacks coach we decided that Perry gives us the best opportunity to go where we want to go as a team," said Reed. "He gives us a good chance and we feel confident about our decision. He is smart, athletic, and has a big arm."
Perry, a native of Memphis, Tenn., transferred to TSU from Middle Tennessee State in 2008 while playing in five games during the 2009 season in a reserve roll. He completed 12-of-36 passes for 142 yards.
With MTSU, Perry played linebacker after spending his high school career as a quarterback receiving All-State and All-Region honors. He threw for more than 2, 500 yards and 28 touchdowns for Woodale HS and was named an AutoZone All-Star his senior season. The year before, he threw 21 touchdowns as a junior.
Ironically, Perry makes the start during the week of the 2010 John Merritt Classic. He made his debut at the helm of the Big Blue in last year's JMC after the 2009 starting quarterback, Grooms, went down with an injury in the first half. It was his first action behind center in three years.
Perry switched his jersey number to seven during training camp after wearing 13 the past two years.