Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming UCF Game
Finally enjoyed an opportunity to compete during the spring practice period after being slowed by shoulder surgery and subsequent rehabilitation the previous two off-seasons ... Opened career with a quick ascent up the defensive unit's depth chart under the previous coaching staff, but injuries have delayed additional development ... Still considered one of the Pirates' more versatile and athletic players on the defensive side of the ball who should greatly benefit from the move to a 3-4 scheme as an outside linebacker after briefly shifting to a similar hybrid defensive end role in the beginning of the 2009 campaign ... Completed spring drills officially listed as a top reserve behind Justin Dixon at one of the OLB positions, but could also experience action as a member of the special teams for the third-straight season ... Notched three stops in the first spring scrimmage on April 2 before contributing a pair of tackles a week later ... Credited with three hits, including a sack that resulted in a nine-yard loss, during the Purple-Gold Game on April 16.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2009: Played in 11 of 14 games as a reserve linebacker and special teams member ... Made eight tackles during the season with a career-best five against UAB in a key Conference USA victory at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium ... Of the five stops against the Blazers, three were solo hits ... Also made one tackle against Rice, Memphis and Tulsa ... Registered first pass breakup of his career against the Golden Hurricane in pivotal road win ... Experienced action against Appalachian State, North Carolina, UCF, SMU and Southern Miss, as well as post-season tilts against Houston (Conference USA Championship Game) and Arkansas (AutoZone Liberty Bowl) ... Part of a defense that held seven opponents to under 100 yards rushing (UCF/70, SMU/28, Rice/78, Memphis/84, Tulsa/30, Houston/30, Arkansas/81). 2008 Game-by-Game Statistics
2008: Opened four of nine games played in during initial season on East Carolina's active roster ... Earned starting nod over Jeremy Chambliss at one of the outside linebacker positions against Virginia, Memphis, UCF and Marshall (after the loss of Quentin Cotton to a season-ending knee injury) ... Did not play in first two contests against Virginia Tech and West Virginia and missed the UAB, UTEP and Tulsa battles because of a shoulder injury ... Returned to action vs. Kentucky in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and tallied one tackle ... In all, netted 16 stops (five solo) in roles on defense and special teams ... Credited with 1.5 hits behind the line of scrimmage for -5 yards (Virginia) ... Recorded at least one tackle in seven of nine games and posted multiple-stop totals on four occasions ... Turned in a career-high five tackles vs. Memphis ... Added three stops each against the Cavaliers and Thundering Herd, while posting two against UCF ... Logged single tallies against N.C. State, Houston and Kentucky.
2007: Redshirted during initial season in ECU program ... Officially signed with the Pirate program in February, 2007.
High School: A three-year letterman and two-year starter at outside linebacker for a Hermitage High School program that captured a district title and earned a regional runner-up standing in 2004 ... Named to all-district and all-regional squads as a senior team captain ... Tallied 74 tackles, one of which resulted in lost yardage in 2006 for the Panthers ... In addition, forced five fumbles, recovered one and returned an interception for a touchdown during senior campaign ... Logged 61 tackles, five for lost yardage, and recovered one fumble as a junior in 2005 ... Booked a pair of blocked punts as a special teams standout ... Lined up as a tight end in short yardage situations on the offensive side of the ball ... Prep coach was Patrick Kane ... Rated among Virginia's Top 50 recruits according to numerous scouting publications ... Timed at 4.60 in the 40-yard dash.
Personal: Full name is Clifford H. Perryman, Jr. ... Born February 14, 1989 at Boston, Mass. ... Son of Deborah Sadm-Smith ... A family community services major ... Hobbies include basketball and lifting weights ... Nickname is Nino.