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23 Carlos Perez

Signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles...

CAREER: Played in 47 games with 26 starts for 1,551 plays and also played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl, the 2002 Orange Bowl...106 career receptions for 1,313 yards (12.4 avg.) with 11 touchdowns...

2003: The starter at one receiver slot...Gridiron Classic selection...Ranked second on the team with four receiving touchdowns and averaged 15.0 yards per catch on 36 receptions...Ranked third on the squad with 541 receiving yards...Reached the 1,000 career receiving yards mark in the fourth quarter of the Kentucky game, also scoring the 10th touchdown of his career vs. the Wildcats...Led the team in receiving yards in four games and receptions in four different contests...Had a career-high two touchdown catches against Kentucky, tying the second highest total in an SEC game during the 2003 season...Had seven "Big Plays" of 20+ yards, combined for 356 yards - each coming in a different game and averaging 50.9 yards per "Big Play"...Touched the ball in 28 consecutive games - averaging 12.5 yards per reception...Had a team-best two touchdowns vs. Kentucky, including a 69-yarder...In the first game of the season, coming back from a broken leg in 2002, caught two passes for 57 yards and had a then career-long 44-yard reception...Came up with a 50-yard touchdown catch against Miami, the then-longest reception of his career and the longest catch allowed by the 'Canes defense in more than a year...His touchdown at Miami shifted the momentum of the game, as it ignited a 30-0 run by the Gators...Was named a Gator game captain vs. FAMU and against Ole Miss...

2002: Started first 11 games of the season before breaking his right fibula vs. South Carolina which sidelined him for the rest of the season...Ranked second in the SEC with 5.27 receptions per game...58 receptions ranked second on team...Averaged 53.7 yards receiving per game, second best on the squad...Led the team with 58 receptions before his injury...Saw action in 599 plays, third highest among receivers...Surpassed 2001 season total in catches and yards in just the first five games... Tied with Taylor Jacobs for an SEC season second-best 12 receptions in a game (Georgia)... Set a career-high with two touchdowns vs. Ole Miss, both in the first half...In the first half alone, tied a career-high seven catches vs. Georgia before finishing with a career-best 12 catches for 115 yards...12 catches vs. Georgia is a UF reception record (single-game catches by a junior) and was more than he caught in all of 2001...Became the first WR other than Taylor Jacobs to have a TD catch on the year vs. Tennessee...Led team with six catches in LSU and South Carolina games...48 of 58 catches came in his final seven games before injury...

2001: Part of the wide receiver rotation...Played in all 11 regular season games, with two starts (Georgia and Vanderbilt) for 206 plays and also saw action in the Orange Bowl...11 catches on the season for 178 yards (16.2 avg.) and three touchdowns...Caught first career touchdown pass in season opener vs. Marshall, a 25-yarder from Brock Berlin...Caught two passes for 32 yards, including a 15-yard TD reception, vs. Vanderbilt...Two-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter vs. Tennessee...Caught two passes for 31 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown reception, vs. Maryland in the Orange Bowl... Named squad's most improved wide receiver for spring drills...

2000: Played a backup role at wide receiver as a true freshman...Played in 10 of 12 regular season games (all but Tennessee and Mississippi State) for 69 plays...Also played in the Sugar Bowl...Had one reception for three yards vs. Middle Tennessee, his first catch of his collegiate career...

PREP: Ranked among the nation's premier wide receiver prospects...Named to National Bluechips All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the country's top four wide receivers...A SuperPrep All-America selection who was ranked among the nation's top nine wide receivers by that publication...Rivals.com network also ranked him among the nation's top nine wide receivers...A second-team USA Today All-America selection...Averaged 32.2 yards per reception (25 catches for 804 yards) and nine TDs in 1999 while playing in a run-oriented offense...Also a standout on defense for Hoboken High School and registered 102 total tackles in '99...22 catches as a junior for 630 yards (28.6 avg.) with nine touchdowns...High school coach was Ed Stinson...


CAREER RECEIVING STATS:
year no. yds avg tds long
2000 1 3 3 0 3
2001 11 178 16.2 3 32
2002 58 591 10.2 4 36
2003 36 541 15.0 4 69
Total 106 1,313 12.4 11 69

CAREER HIGHS:
Receptions: 12 (Georgia, 2002)
Receiving Yards: 102 (Kentucky, 2003)
Receiving Touchdowns: 2 (twice, last vs. Kentucky, 2003)

PERSONALITY PROFILE

  • Born in Dominican Republic. His family moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1985
  • Parents speak Spanish and do not speak English
  • Head coach Steve Spurrier met Perez at a Heisman dinner where Perez was being honored for his high school achievements
  • Learned to speak English from watching Sesame Street when he first arrived in the United States
  • Inducted to National Honor Society as a senior
  • Majored in religion and would like to travel and preach after football
  • Before his first game in The Swamp, the most people the New Jersey native had ever played in front of was 500
  • Family was so proud of him playing football for Florida that his uncle made a documentary about it for a local television station in the Dominican Republic
  • Before coming to Florida, parents had never watched him play football because they couldn't bear to watch him be tackled
  • Played at the same high school as Michigan State running back Tyrell Dortch
  • Until he was 14, planned on pursuing a professional baseball career
  • His only loss in three seasons of varsity football at Hoboken (N.J.) HS was a 21-14 overtime loss to a Chris Simms led squad in the state finals
  • Brother Danny worked in the World Trade Center and another brother, Euris, is a marine who often spends time at the Pentagon. Both were unharmed in the September 11 attacks
  • Preaches in Orlando and attends church in Tampa

Carlos Perez Game-by-Game



2003 game-by-game



                                     |--RECEIVING--|   All

 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  Purp  Pts

 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST............  2   57  0  44    57  0

 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....  2   51  1  50    51  6

 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............  1   14  0  14    13  0

 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............  1    4  0   4     4  0

 Sep 27, 2003 at Kentucky............  5  102  2  69   112 12

 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................  1    6  0   6     6  0

 Oct 11, 2003 at LSU.................  3   58  0  47    58  0

 Oct 18, 2003 at Arkansas............  3   56  0  42    56  0

 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia.............  4   55  1  34    55  6

 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............  0    0  0   0    16  0

 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina......  2   23  0  16    23  0

 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........  5   45  0  16    45  0

 Jan 1, 2004  vs IOWA................  7   70  0  21    70  0

 Totals.............................. 36  541  4  69   566 24



 Games played: 13

 Avg per rush: 6.2

 Avg per catch: 15.0

 All purpose avg/game: 43.5

 Total offense avg/gm: 1.9

 

2002 game-by-game



                                      |--RECEIVING--|   All

 Date         Opponent                No.  Yds TD  Lg  Purp  Pts

 Aug 31, 2002 UAB BLAZERS............   1   13  0  13    13  0

 Sep 07, 2002 MIAMI HURRICANES.......   4   23  0   8    23  0

 Sep 14, 2002 OHIO...................   2   45  0  36    45  0

 Sep 21, 2002 at Tennessee...........   3   55  1  28    55  6

 Sep 28, 2002 KENTUCKY...............   7   89  0  22    89  0

 Oct 05, 2002 at Ole Miss............   5   88  2  35    88 12

 Oct 12, 2002 LSU....................   6   52  0  13    52  0

 Oct 19, 2002 AUBURN.................   7   55  0  15    55  0

 Nov 02, 2002 vs Georgia.............  12   76  0  13    76  0

 Nov 09, 2002 at Vanderbilt..........   5   36  0  21    36  0

 Nov 16, 2002 SOUTH CAROLINA.........   6   59  1  28    59  6

 Totals..............................  58  591  4  36   591 24



 Games played: 11

 Avg per catch: 10.2

 All purpose avg/game: 53.7



2001 game-by-game



                                    |--RECEIVING--|     All  

 Date         Opponent              No.  Yds TD  Lg    Purp   Pts

 Sep 01, 2001 MARSHALL..............  1   25  1  25      25    6

 Sep 08, 2001 LOUISIANA-MONROE......  1   20  0  20      20    0

 Sep 22, 2001 at Kentucky...........  0    0  0   0       0    0

 Sep 29, 2001 MISSISSIPPI STATE.....  2   46  0  26      56    0

 Oct 06, 2001 at LSU................  0    0  0   0       0    0

 Oct 13, 2001 at Auburn.............  1   32  0  32      32    0

 Oct 27, 2001 vs Georgia............  1    9  0   9       9    0

 Nov 03, 2001 VANDERBILT............  2   32  1  17      52    6

 Nov 10, 2001 at South Carolina.....  2   12  0   8      12    0

 Nov 17, 2001 FLORIDA STATE.........  0    0  0   0       0    0

 Dec 01, 2001 TENNESSEE.............  1    2  1   2       2    6

 Totals............................. 11  178  3  32     208   18



 Games played: 11

 Avg per rush: 11.0

 Avg per catch: 16.2

 Kick ret avg: 8.0

 All purpose avg/game: 18.9

 Total offense avg/gm: 2.0



2000 game-by-game



                                      |--RECEIVING--|  All

 Date         Opponent                No.  Yds TD  Lg Purp

 Sep 02, 2000 BALL STATE.............   0    0  0   0    0

 Sep 09, 2000 MIDDLE TENNESSEE.......   1    3  0   3    3

 Sep 23, 2000 KENTUCKY...............   0    0  0   0    0

 Oct 07, 2000 LSU....................   0    0  0   0    0

 Oct 14, 2000 AUBURN.................   0    0  0   0    0

 Oct 28, 2000 vs Georgia.............   0    0  0   0    0

 Nov 11, 2000 SOUTH CAROLINA.........   0    0  0   0    0

 Dec 02, 2000 vs Auburn..............   0    0  0   0    0

 Totals..............................   1    3  0   3    3



 Games played: 8

 Avg per catch: 3.0

 All purpose avg/game: 0.4

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CARLOS PEREZ...

"He thinks fast and just goes. A lot of guys think- he just goes and plays. He can play any day of the week, he just goes and plays."
(July 10, 2003) Jemalle Cornelius, UF Wide Receiver

"He's real funny. You very rarely see him down. He's always encouraging you. He's energetic, he's live all the time."
(July 10, 2003) Jemalle Cornelius, UF Wide Receiver

"At one point, before he was injured, Carlos was the leading receiver on our team. He's the most experienced receiver we have at this time, and he's going to play a very important role for us. A broken leg is a devastating injury, especially for a receiver and at the end of the season. Carlos has done a tremendous job getting back."
Larry Fedora, UF Assistant Coach

"Perez has an acute field vision and always manages to find a patch of open grass."
(August 19, 2003) Jeremy Fowler, Miami Herald

"He is the most accomplished receiver on this team, and will be looked to for leadership for a good group of young, talented pass catchers."
(2003 Gator Bait Preview) Gator Bait magazine

"He stretched out like an NFL receiver. He looked like Cris Carter. Carlos is going to be a good player. He gets better each week."
(October 2, 2002) Rex Grossman, former UF Quarterback and first-round pick by the Chicago Bears in the 2003 NFL Draft

"I was so happy for Carlos. He's the player that is the most like me out there. He just works so hard at getting better. He may be a little bit bigger than I am, and I may be a little faster than him, but we both want to play as well as possible out there, and be the best player possible."
(September 22, 2002) Taylor Jacobs, former UF Wide Receiver and second-round pick by the Washington Redskins

"It's one of the things I've wanted in my life, to be in a position to start. I knew there were people in front of me last year. Now, thanks to the Lord, it's my turn and I feel really good about it. I feel that I'm ready."
(August 28, 2002) Carlos Perez, UF Wide Receiver

"I'm 100 percent. Forget that. I'm 110 percent. I feel good. I was miraculously healed by the Lord. I actually feel better than I did last year. My leg is stronger."
Carlos Perez, UF Wide Receiver

"Carlos Perez' exuberance energizes even the hottest summer day. His refreshing love for life assaults you from every angle, leaving you as breathless as he sounds after rattling off his ambitions."
(June 18, 2000) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait

"He's got a chance to be really good. He's having a ball out there."
(August 26, 2000) Steve Spurrier, former Florida head coach and current head coach of the Washington Redskins

"He's one of the first freshman receivers to come in here really understanding. He's a student of the game."
Alex Willis, Former Florida receiver

"In the spring he never had a chance and get into his rhythm and do the things he can do. He's shown he can be a No. 2 guy. He can step up there. When you've been the third or fourth receiver and suddenly you're the second, there's a lot more pressure on you. Carlos has handled it extremely well. Absolutely, his abilities suit the offense. The other thing is Rex is comfortable with him."
(August 28, 2002) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"Sometimes he's too nice, and I mean that in a very, very positive way, because he's a great kid to be around and I love him to death. He cares about people and he cares about winning."
(October 6, 2002) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

"What Carlos Perez and Kelvin Kight did was a great job. That's what kind of makes you in a game like this. You have to step up and play. I reminded Carlos and Kelvin at halftime, 'This is what you talk about.' They got an opportunity and they stood up and made the plays that they had to make."
(November 3, 2002) Ron Zook, UF Head Coach

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