Navy Football Player Profile: Malcolm Perry, QB
Position: 2018 Starting Quarterback
Hometown: Clarksville, TN
Major: Quantitative Economics
When Malcolm Perry graduated from Clarksville, TN’s Kenwood High School in 2015, he did so with some impressive hardware on his shelf:
- Two-time All-State (TN) Selection
- District 10 MVP
- Legends Bank / Leaf Chronicle All Area Player of the Year
- Montgomery County MVP, twice
Perry received offers from several schools, including Army and Air Force. But the son of parents with 40 years in the Army between them, surprised the world.
Malcolm Perry chose Navy.
Midshipmen fans are now ecstatic that he did.
Freshman Year (2016)
After attending the Naval Academy Prep School in 2015-16, Perry made his collegiate debut in Navy’s 2016 opener against Fordham.
It was a memorable beginning.
Malcolm Perry began it in the stands.
Having played a JV game the day before, the freshman quarterback and slot back was not dressed for the season opener. He sat in the crowd and watched as Navy’s Tago Smith tore his ACL in the second quarter. Hauled out of the stands and suited up, Perry entered the game in the third quarter. Seven carries for 30 yards and a 90-yard drive for a field goal later, Malcolm Perry had shown the promise to both surprise and excite.
While Perry appeared twice more for Navy in his freshman year, he wouldn’t get his first start until 2017.
Sophomore Year (2017)
His first start came against SMU. Perry’s performance was stellar and earned the sophomore the FBS Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week and the AAC Offensive Player of the Week awards.
From there, Malcolm Perry’s second year only got better. He started 12 games in 2017, nine at slot back and three at QB. By the end of the season, Perry had put together a fantastic stat sheet. Here are a few of those numbers:
- With 1,182 yards and 11 touchdowns on 138 carries, Perry finished as Navy’s second-leading rusher
- With 13 catches for 303 yards and scoring two touchdowns, Perry was also Navy’s second-leading receiver.
- Perry’s average of 8.6 yards per carry was a Navy record and ranked third nationally.
- Perry’s average of 150.2 all-purpose yards per game was the sixth-best in the country.
- He was Navy’s top kick returner, bringing back 13 kickoffs for 318 yards.
- His two 90-plus yard TD’s joined only three other such runs in Navy history.
- Perry rushed for more than 250 yards twice; the only QB in the nation who did.
- He was also the only player in the FBS in 2017 with two runs of 70-plus yards and one reception for 70-plus yards.
- Perry rushed for 100-plus yards as both a running back and a QB in the same season; one of only two players in FBS history to do so (joining Michigan’s Denard Robinson).
Junior Year (2018)
Despite having to spend six weeks in a cast this offseason for a right foot injury suffered in the Military Bowl, Malcolm Perry impressed his coaches this spring and was named the starting QB for Navy in 2018.
The nation is taking notice.
In July, Perry was named as one of 50 players on the 2018 Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Watch. He is one of only four players from the AAC on the list.
Perry was also named as one of 43 players on the 2018 Paul Hornung Award Watch List. This honor is given to the most versatile player in major college football. The last six winners of the award have been NFL first round draft picks.
Having worked at slot back for most of the 2017 season (starting two of the last three games at QB), 2018 promises to be quite an exciting change for Malcolm Perry. Coaches laud him as an intelligent student of the game, one possessing brilliant speed and dynamic ball-handling skills.
The Malcolm Perry era has begun at Navy, and Midshipmen fans couldn’t be happier.