Player Bio: Bruce Perry :: Football

  Bruce Perry
Bruce Perry
Player Profile

Philadelphia, Pa.

High School:
George Washington

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 205




On Perry: Fifth-year senior who has battled the injury bug again this season but proved late in the season that he is still a big-time back … was a Doak Walker finalist and the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2001 … injuries a year ago included a strained stomach muscle, torn groin muscle and injured shoulder, but he recovered to play in the season’s final four games … a quick, explosive tailback who is surprisingly powerful … combines quick feet, a strong burst, breakaway speed and excellent open-field moves … hits holes hard and is always a threat to go the distance … always seems to finish plays falling forward … has the added dimension of being an exceptional receiver … recorded a 40˝-inch vertical jump and a 330-pound bench on testing day … will finish his career in the Maryland top five for yards.

2003 (Senior): Played in nine games, starting four ... sixth in the ACC with 71.8 rushing yards per game ... second on the team with 646 rushing yards ... (at WFU) ... had an outstanding game, averaging 9.5 yards on 25 carries for 237 yards and three touchdowns ... 237 yards ties George Scott’s performance against Villanova in 1977 for the fifth-best single game rushing performance in Maryland history ... had an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he ran off left tackle and beat defenders downfield ... broke through a hole in the right side of the line and outran defenders downfield for a 49-yard touchdown run in the third quarter ... made a reception in the third quarter on a screen pass for a successful two-point conversion ... named ACC Offensive Back of the Week ... (vs. UNC) ... ran for 96 yards on 17 carries before leaving the game in the second quarter due to injury ... began the game very strong, marching the Terps down the field on their opening drive of the game with 53 yards on eight rushing attempts ... (at GT) ... had a strong performance with 75 yards on 17 rushing attempts and added two receptions ... (vs. Duke) ... scored his third rushing touchdown of the season in the third quarter as he came off right tackle, and broke two tackles on the way to the end zone ...took a screen pass from Scott McBrien and weaved his way up the sideline for a gain of 28 yards ... (vs. WVU) ... finished with 79 yards on just 14 carries ... recorded his first two-touchdown game since his career-high 276-yard, two-touchdown effort against Wake Forest in 2001 ... first touchdown of the night came in the first quarter as he sprinted off left tackle for four yards ... his second touchdown came in the third quarter as he bounced off two defenders for 12 yards on his way to the end zone ... (at FSU) ... started his first game of the season at tailback despite being hampered by a high ankle sprain ... gained 33 yards on 10 rushing attempts.

2002 (Junior): Saw action in six games, starting one … finished the season third on the team in rushing with 341 yards despite only playing in a little over five games (was in for just one play in the Duke game) ... scored one TD and averaged a solid 4.7 yards per carry … (Peach Bowl vs. UT) ... led the team in rushing with 50 yards on 15 carries … (vs. WFU) ... saw the most action since returning from his injury, carrying the ball 19 times for 85 yards ... made one reception for a season-long 28 yards ... (at UVa) ... had 95 yards on 10 carries ... had a 39-yard run on the Terps’ opening drive to help set up the early TD ... added a 33-yard run in the third quarter on the drive which resulted in a Novak FG ... (at CU) ... gained 69 yards on 17 carries ... his game-long run of 24 yards came in the fourth quarter ... also added two receptions for 18 yards ... (vs. NCSU) ... scored his first TD of the season on a nine-yard run in the third quarter ... finished with 23 yards on 10 carries ... received a bulk of his carries in the fourth quarter and had all four rushing attempts on the game-winning drive ... (at Duke) ... made first appearance of the season ... carried the ball on the opening play of the game for 19 yards, but injured his shoulder when tackled and did not return to the game.

2001 (Junior): Starter in all 11 regular season games and the Orange Bowl ... rushed 219 times for 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns ... finished second on the team in receiving with 40 receptions for 359 yards and a pair of TDs … ACC Offensive Player of the Year … was the first non-senior to win the award and is just the first Terrapin to ever win the prestigious award … named a second-team All-American by Football News ... a 2001 finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back … one of a record-tying seven Terps to earn first-team All-ACC honors ... finished the season ranked 19th in the NCAA in rushing yards per game (112.9) ... also ranked among the nation’s leaders in all-purpose yards per game (ninth/156.2) and scoring (69th/6.55 ppg) ... averaged 5.7 yards per carry and had 12 touchdowns ... became the only sophomore in Maryland history to have five consecutive 100-yard efforts ... with his 64 yards on 10 carries in the first half of the WVU game, it snapped a streak of three straight 100-yard outings by halftime ... was just the fifth Terp to crack the 1,000-yard plateau in a season ... (vs. NCSU) ran for 91 yards on 21 carries ... also caught five passes out of the backfield for 35 yards including a clutch fourth-down conversion on the team’s final drive that he caught as he was falling backwards toward the sideline ... (vs. CU) led the Terps with 90 rushing yards on 21 carries ... also caught three passes for 37 yards including the game-breaking score to put the Terps ahead 24-6 ... (vs. FSU) led the Terps in receiving with six catches for 70 yards ... had the team’s longest pass play on the day when he raced 38 yards on a swing pass to set up a Maryland touchdown ... the 38-yard reception was the longest of Perry’s career ... rushed for 67 yards on 13 carries (5.2 average) and a touchdown ... was selected the player of the game for Maryland by ABC ... (vs. Duke) had 79 rushing yards on 13 carries in limited action ... led the team with six catches for 62 yards ... scored the Terps’ second touchdown on a 12-yard run in the first quarter ... (vs. GT) was held under 100 yards for the first time in the season, rushing for 49 yards on 18 carries ... caught five passes, though ... (vs. UVa) finished with 143 yards on 25 carries and a touchdown ... also caught a career-high eight passes for 51 yards ... (vs. WVU) posted a 31-carry, 153-yard performance ... rushed for one touchdown while also catching two passes for 28 yards ... (vs. WFU) turned in the second-best rushing performance in Maryland history with a career-high 276 yards on 30 carries ... was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his efforts ... the 276 yards trails only LaMont Jordan’s 306 yards gained vs. Virginia in 1999 in the Maryland record book ... scored two touchdowns on the day on long runs of 80 and 50 yards ... the 80-yard scamper was the first play of the game for the Terps on offense and was the longest run by a Terp since Jordan had a 90-yard run vs. Virginia in ‘99 ... his 276 yards were the most ever vs. Wake Forest, breaking the old mark by South Carolina’s George Rogers, who ran for 237 yards in 1978 ... (vs. EMU) ran for 133 yards on just 16 carries ... reached the century mark before halftime for the second straight week ... scored a career-best three touchdowns ... (vs. UNC) turned heads after his first career start ... ran for 116 yards on 21 carries (5.5 yards per carry) ... continued to get better and better as the game went on ... totaled 70 yards in the second half at an impressive 7.8 yards per attempt.

2000 (Sophomore): Redshirt season.

1999 (Freshman): Saw action in seven games as a true freshman … was No. 3 in Maryland's tailback rotation … averaged 6.5 yards per carry, toting 30 times for 195 yards … long carry was 43 yards … eight carries for 93 yards vs. Western Carolina … 7 for 47 the following week against West Virginia … caught one pass for nine yards in the West Virginia game.

High School: Graduated in 1999 from George Washington High School in Philadephia, Pa. ... rushed for 1,041 yards and 12 touchdowns while playing in the wing T offense as a senior, his only season at Washington ... averaged 9.9 yards per carry ... had four touchdowns (two coming on punt returns) on just seven touches in one game his senior season ... returned three punts for touchdowns, including one of 79 yards ... earned All-America honors from PrepStar ... was named the Philadelphia Offensive Player of the Year by the Philadelphia Inquirer and first team All-Met by the Philadelphia Daily News ... he also was named first team all-state and first team all-area, and was a finalist for state Player of the Year honors ... was selected to play in the city all-star game ... was an honorable mention USA Today All-American and a SuperPrep all-region choice ... helped Washington to a 10-1 record and a spot in the semifinals of the postseason playoffs ... transferred to Washington for his senior season after playing his sophomore and junior seasons at Cardinal Dougherty High School ... attended West Catholic High School as a freshman ... ran a 10.4 100 meters at the AAU Junior Nationals.

Personal: Bruce Perry was born March 22, 1981 ... son of Kevin and Robin Perry ... majoring in criminal justice.

Rushing	G-GS	Att	Net	Avg	TD	LP
1999	7-0	30	195	6.5	0	43
2000	Redshirt season
2001	11-11	219	1,242	5.7	10	80
2002	6-1	72	341	4.7	1	39
2003	9-4	127	646	5.1	6	80
Career	33-16	448	2,424	5.4	17	80

Receiving	G-GS	Rec	Yds	Avg	TD	LP
1999	7-0	1	9	9.0	0	9
2000	Redshirt season
2001	11-11	40	359	9.0	2	38
2002	6-1	6	68	11.3	0	28
2003	9-4	8	42	5.2	0	28
Career	33-16	55	478	8.7	2	38