2020 Season Countdown: #51 Jalen Perry

2020 Season Countdown: #51 Jalen Perry

July 24, 2020
Jalen Perry (image via The Michigan Daily)

Name: Jalen Perry
190 lbs.
High school: 
Dacula (GA) Dacula
Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked Perry #66 and said he would be a backup cornerback (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating:

Perry came into the 2019 season with a decent shot at playing, or so I thought. He was the #201 player in the country at a position where Michigan needed a player or two to step up. Luckily, Michigan mostly avoided injury – after an early illness scare for Ambry Thomas – so Michigan’s backup corners weren’t tested much, outside of Vincent Gray.

Now Lavert Hill has graduated, and the #3 cornerback spot is wide open after Thomas and Gray. Perry has a chance, along with D.J. Turner II, Gemon Green, Darion Green-Warren, and others. Perry has the skills to compete, but the freshman practice hype was non-existent for him. It will be important for Michigan to not only get contributions from a third cornerback, but also to groom someone for 2021 after Ambry Thomas graduates. I expect Perry to be mired on the bench this season, but I do think his size and skill could present some healthy competition for other guys.

Prediction: Backup cornerback


  1. Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2020 at 7:36 PM

    How about Seldon? Do you see him up there competing for that third CB spot?

    • Thunder
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      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 24, 2020 at 8:42 PM

      No, I think he’ll pretty much be strictly a nickel.

      • Lanknows
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        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Jul 26, 2020 at 11:13 AM

        Do you see this as a new role or has there been a comparable player recently?

        I think most nickel duties have been either the 3rd CB or a safety. (maybe I’m wrong).

        We’ve also seen Michigan D evolve to personnel (e.g., Furbush, Uche).

  2. Lanknows
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    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Jul 26, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    I kind of forgot about Perry. Too soon to write him off obviously.

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