Brown QB E.J. Perry Named Finalist For Walter Payton Award
Brown University Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Following another strong and historic season, Brown senior quarterback EJ Perry has been named one of 25 finalists for the 2021 Stats Perform FCS Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the national offensive player of the year in FCS Football.
The winner will be announced on January 7 on the eve of the FCS National Championship Game in Frisco, Texas. A 50-member panel of national media members will select the winner.
Perry led the Ivy League this season in seven different categories including total offense (343.5), completions per game (29.5), touchdown passes (23), passing yards (3,033), passing yards per game (303.3), points responsible for (188), and points responsible for per game (18.8). He ranked in the top nine in all of FCS Football in six different categories, including third in completions per game, seventh in completion percentage (.664), eight in passing yards per game and total offense, and ninth in points responsible for and points responsible for per game.
Perry climbed up the ladder in both the Brown and Ivy League record books, finishing the year second all-time at Brown for single-season pass completions (295) and total offense (3,435), third in completion percentage (.664) and fifth in passing yards (3.033). His 295 pass completions this season were the second-most in Ivy League history, just 14 behind head coach James Perry‘s Ivy League record total from 1999. His 3,435 total yards of offense was also third-most in any season in Ivy League history, giving him two of the top three spots on the total offense list in league history.
Perry arrived at Brown prior to the 2019 season, and helped the Bears average 29.75 points per game over the last two seasons, compared to 14.3 ppg before his arrival in 2018 and 13.0 ppg in 2017. Despite playing in only 20 career games, Perry shot towards the top of several all-time career record lists, finishing his career 2nd all-time in program history in pass completions (546), completion percentage (min. 220 completions) (.633), and total offense (7,113). He is also third in program history for career passing yards (5,981) and touchdown passes (45), with all players ahead of him on those lists having at least three years of playing experience.
For an Ivy League career, Perry ranks in the top 17 in five different categories – completion percentage (8th), total offense (12th), pass completions (13th), touchdown passes (14th), and passing yards (17th) – with all players ahead of him having a minimum of three years of playing time in the league.
EJ finishes his playing career tied for third in Ivy history with 11 games of 300+ passing yards, and holds the league record with eight consecutive games 300+ passing yards and 16 straight games with a touchdown pass.
Perry is joined by fellow finalists Eric Barriere (Eastern Washington), BJ Byrd (Morehead State), Juwan Carter (Norfolk State), David Cheek (Elon), Jake Chisholm (Dayton), Tim DeMorat (Fordham), Dai’Jean Dixon (Nicholls), Xavier Gipson (Stephen F. Austin), Aqeel Glass (Alabama A&M), Malik Grant (Sacred Heart), Geno Hess (Southeast Missouri), Quay Holmes (ETSU), Keon Howard (UT Martin), Tyler Hudson (Central Arkansas), Isaiah Ifanse (Montana State), Cole Johnson (James Madison), Cole Kelley (Southeastern Louisiana), Trevor Penning (Northern Iowa), Eric Schmid (Sam Houston), Jason Shelley (Missouri State), Xavier Shepherd (Kennesaw State), Pierre Strong Jr. (South Dakota State), Cameron Ward (IUW) and Liam Welch (Samford).