Named USC's defensive lineman of the year. ... Finalist for the Hendricks Award, presented to the nation's top defensive end. ... Perry, a junior, led the Pac-10 in sacks (9.5) in 2011 while making the All-Pac-12 first team. That was the most sacks by a Trojan since 2007. He also topped USC in tackles for losses with 13 and led USC's defensive linemen in total tackles (54). He added 3 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
Perry started 9 games at defensive end as a sophomore in 2010 and played often as the backup in the other contests. Overall in 2010 while appearing in 12 games (he missed the Hawaii opener with a sprained ankle), he had 25 tackles, including 7.5 for losses (with 4 sacks), plus 3 deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery...He had 1 tackle each against Virginia and Minnesota, 2 tackles (with a sack) at Washington State, 3 tackles and a deflection against Washington. He then had 2 tackles (with a sack) and a forced fumble at Stanford, 2 tackles (with a sack) against California, 3 tackles against Oregon and 3 tackles (2 for a loss) against Arizona State. He added 2 tackles at Oregon State, then a sack, a deflection and forced a fumble that he recovered and returned 8 yards to set up a USC TD against Notre Dame and 5 tackles (1.5 for losses) and a deflection at UCLA.
Perry was an often-used backup defensive end as a redshirt freshman in 2009, playing often in passing situations. Overall while appearing in all 13 games (he started against Stanford), he had 24 tackles, including 9 for losses (with a team-best 8 sacks). He made the 2009 Football Writers Freshman All-American first team, Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, Phil Steele's Freshman All-American first team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American first team, ESPN.com Pac-10 All-Freshman first team and Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team.
Three of his 4 tackles were for losses (with 2 sacks) against San Jose State. He had 2 tackles at Ohio State, 2 of his 4 tackles were sacks at Washington, he had 2 sacks among his 4 tackles against Washington State and he had 3 tackles (with a sack) at Notre Dame. He added 3 tackles at Oregon and 2 against Stanford. He had 2 tackles, including a sack, against Boston College.
His 2007 honors included USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American, Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, EA Sports All-American first team, Scout.com All-American second team, Super Prep All-Midwest, Prep Star All-Midwest, All-State, Detroit News All-Metro, Detroit News All-Detroit and Detroit News Dream Team MVP as a senior defensive lineman, linebacker and tight end at King High in Detroit (Mich.). He had 147 tackles and a state record 36 sacks in 2007, plus caught 14 passes for 310 yards (22.1 avg.) with 8 TDs, as King went 14-0 and won the state title. As a junior in 2006 at McKenzie High in Detroit, he made All-Metro and All-City while getting 75 tackles and 11 sacks. He also played basketball at King.