2005 (Junior) - Played and started in the first nine games of the year ... missed the final two games vs. Army and New Mexico due to a knee injury ... honorable mention all-MWC ... first team all-Colorado by the National Football Foundation ... five tackles, including a careeer-best three for loss vs. SDSU ... four total tackles, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble vs. Wyoming ... five tackles, including 1.5 for loss at Utah ... seven tackles, including one for a loss at Colorado State ... six tackles, including 1.5 for loss, at Navy ... had three tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass breakup vs. UNLV ... one tackle and a pass breakup at BYU before leaving the game with an injury ... led the team and ranked ninth in the conference with 9.5 tackles for loss on the season ... finished the season with 33 total tackles, including 17 unassisted ... had two pass breakups and a forced fumble ... is the team's active career leader in tackles for loss with 13.5 for 40 yards.
(Sophomore) - Played in all 11 games, starting against Eastern Washington for the injured Russ Mitscherling ... recorded 39 total tackles, including 15 unassisted ... recorded 4.0 tackles for loss for 11 yards and a sack for seven yards ... recorded two pass breakups ... forced one fumble and recovered another ... recorded a career-high seven tackles in his first career start vs. Eastern Washington ... recorded six tackles and at least one tackle for loss in his last two games of the season vs. San Diego State and Colorado State ... three tackles, including two for loss vs. Army ... carries a streak of three consecutive games with a tackle for loss into the 2005 season.
2003 (Freshman) - Appeared in three games with the varsity ... also played in some junior varsity games ... recorded three tackles, including one solo ... listed as the starter on the depth chart at left defensive end after 2004 spring drills.
High School - Four-year letterwinner in football ... also lettered in baseball (three years), wrestling (two years) and track (one year) ... two-time first-team all-conference selection ... played in the Florida vs. Georgia All-Star game ... all-Suncoast selection ... member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society ... football coach was Andy Martin.
Personal - Parents are Gilberto and Flora Perez ... has one brother, Sergio (21), who is a junior at the University of Tampa and was selected as the baseball team captain as a pitcher ... Sergio was a preseason All-American and throws a 95-mph fastball ... Gilberto attended the AFA Prep School ... birth date is Jan. 26, 1984 ... completed Operation Brevet Lieutenant in the summer of 2006 which is where a cadet shadows an Air Force officer ... also worked Basic Cadet Training and took a political science class during summer academics ... worked in the cadet leadership group for USAFA sports camps in the summer of 2005 ... also completed a summer academics course in astronautical engineering ... completed Global Engagement, Combat Survival Training and Soaring in the summer of 2004 ... active in his squadron as an element clerk and first sergeant ... also recruited by Army and South Florida ... arrived at Basic Cadet Training weighing 315 pounds as a freshman... majoring in management ... favorite class subject is philosophy ... favorite movie is Phantom of the Opera ... favorite book is The Millionaire Next Door ... the person in history he would most like to meet is Martin Luther King, Jr. ... credits Mike Heldt with the biggest influence on his sports career ... member of cadet squadron 3 ... something not many people know about him is that he and his brother were born in the same year, just 10 months apart ... advice to young people is that you can do anything if you believe you can ... greatest moment in sports was defeating former teammate Jon Wilson's high school for the district championship in 1998 ... would like to pursue his MBA following graduation ... plans to get married after graduation to his girlfriend of 10 years ... favorite NFL team is the Tampa Bay Bucaneers ... favorite player is Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks.
Perez's Career Statistics
Year G UT-AT TT TFL Sacks 2005 9 17-16 33 9.5-29 1.0-3 2004 10 15-24 39 4.0-11 1.0-7 2003 3 1-2 3 0.0-0 0.0-0 Total 22 33-42 75 13.5-40 2.0-10