Peria Jerry

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ole Miss’ Peria Jerry gets tangled up with a South Carolina player October 4. Jerry, a former South Panola Tiger, was named the SEC defensive lineman of the week for the Saturday win over LSU. The Panolian photo by Andy Young

Jerry earns heavy praise from Nutt

SEC named Ole Miss defensive tackle Peria Jerry Defensive Lineman of the week.

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Jerry is a 6’2”, 290-pound senior from Batesville.

Jerry accounted for three total tackles (two solos) with 2.5 behind the line of scrimmage  for a -11 yards, including a sack (-9 yards) in Ole Miss’ 31-13 win at LSU.

Ole Miss held LSU to just 37 yards rushing on 29 attempts and sacked Tiger quarterbacks four times.

Jerry is second in the SEC in tackles for loss, with 13 in 10 games played.  He also has four sacks this season.

Ole Miss is second in the SEC in rushing defense, allowing just 97.4 yards per game.

In his weekly press conference, Rebel head football coach Houston Nutt overflowed with praise for Jerry.

“I said this the other day, Peria Jerry is an All-American,” Nutt said. “He’s a First Team All-American if you’ve ever seen one. He deserves to be talked about right now. He’s a special player that plays every single play. He’s disruptive. He’s going to get tackles for loss. He’s going to put pressure on the quarterback. And he stops the run by playing with a very good pad level and fundamentals.”

In other SEC awards, center Daverin Geralds was named the SEC offensive lineman of the week. He is a 6’2” 312-pound junior from Baton Rouge.

Geralds graded at 88 percent with eight knockdown blocks and 12 finishes in Ole Miss’ 31-13 win at LSU.

The Rebels gained 409 total offensive yards and kept the ball for 34:38 against the Tigers.

In the final quarter, Ole Miss kept the ball for 10:01.

In five scoring drives, Ole Miss averaged 7.6 plays and 69 yards per drive.

In other outstanding performances, quarterback Jevan Snead from Ole Miss was recognized. Snead completed 16-of-25 passes for 274 yards and two touchdowns against LSU.