Big Ten Football Top 150 Players: No. 104, Ben Perry, Minnesota DE
No. 104, Ben Perry, No. 93, DE, Minnesota
2011 Stats: 15 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack
Ben Perry is a mammoth at 6'5", and that 245-pound frame is probably going to get closer to 260 to 265 pounds of good weight pretty soon. Physically he's capable of being a high-level defensive end for the Gophers, and the fact that he started all 12 games last season (one of only three returning Gophers to do so) means he's got the coaches' full support to continue developing.
Perry was probably pushed into playing time before he was truly Big Ten-ready, as his meager stats would indicate. The jump from the first year of on-field action to the second is dramatic, though, so expectations should be substantially higher. And let's not forget: Minnesota's defense was pretty awful for most of last year.
Perry's a near-lock to start at end, considering the fact that he brings more experience to the table than anyone else on the defensive line. His production needs to get cranked way up, but the wrist injury that hampered him during the season last year has long since healed. If Perry's better prepared physically, he should be able to make the jump to being one of the leaders for this improving Gopher defense.
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