ANNAPOLIS, Md.—The FBS Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, was handed out and Navy sophomore quarterback Malcolm Perry received it in his first start as quarterback.
Perry broke out against the Mustangs of SMU and ran wild. With 33 carries Perry rushed for 282 yards and four touchdowns. The Midshipman needed every yard of his outstanding day as they won 43-40. The four touchdown runs were of 3, 92, 24, and 1 yard while his 282 yards rushing yards was an American Athletic Conference record. Although, these numbers were similar to a video game it was not the best for a Navy player and only ranks third most in school history.
The astonishing facts of Perry’s numbers is he is one of two players (Denard Robinson) in the history of college football to have rushed for 100 yards as a back and a quarterback in the same season. Along with that, he is also the only player this season to have two runs of 70 or more yards and one reception of 70 or more yards.
These numbers are allowing Perry to have one of the greatest individual performance years Navy has ever seen. Perry’s two runs of over 90 yards etch him with only one other alumnus to do it in their career. The success Perry is racking up puts his name up there with a player like Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds in his career broke the all time rushing touchdown record with 88. Many also believed in 2015 he should have been a Heisman finalist with his 1420 yards from scrimmage and 24 total TDs.
Perry joins Shun White as the only Navy players to achieve this award since creation in 2004.
Navy who improved to 6-3 after last weeks win over SMU is bowl eligible, as they look to cerate a win streak. The Mids will head to South Bend, Indiana as they take on Notre Dame (8-2) Saturday at 3:30.