Florida Atlantic has named former Miami Hurricanes quarterback N’Kosi Perry the Owls’ starter for Saturday’s season opener against the Florida Gators.
The 6-foot-4, 198-pound Ocala native appeared in 24 games (nine starts) at Miami. One of his highlights was a four-touchdown performance in a historic 28-27 comeback win over Florida State, then coached by Willie Taggart — now the head coach at Florida Atlantic.
Perry completed 52.4 percent of his passes at Miami for 24 touchdowns and 2,484 yards. He also rushed for three touchdowns and 217 yards with the Hurricanes.
When D’Eriq King injured his knee in the Cheez-It Bowl, Perry threw a pair of touchdowns to keep Miami close in a 37-34 loss. It ended up being Perry’s last game with the Hurricanes.
The former four-star recruit and top-200 national prospect entered the transfer portal in the offseason and opted to stay in south Florida by signing with the Owls.
Perry has never faced the Gators; he was a backup to Jarren Williams (now at USF) when Miami opened the 2019 season against UF in Orlando.
UF hosts the Owls at 7:30 Saturday, and the game will be shown on the SEC Network. UF has won the three previous games in the series by a combined 120-37. The Owls went 5-4 last year in Taggart’s first season there.
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