The Alabama Crimson Tide will be without starting free safety Nick Perry for the first half of Saturday’s game against the Florida Gators because the senior was ejected in the second half for a targeting penalty against Southern Miss.
“He’s good any place on the field,” said safety Landon Collins. “He’s a dynamic athlete doing the best he can do. He’s balling and making plays. He knows what he’s doing. I have tremendous confidence when he’s on the field and he has tremendous confidence in himself. He makes mental errors, but he knows how to learn from them.”
Linebacker Trey DePriest added: “You sort of get use to that guy being back there. That’s who you are used to. But the coaches do a good job keeping everybody — 1s, 2s and 3s — ready so if something happens like this, you have to be ready to step in and play like you have been playing with the ones.”
Coming into the season, Perry is counted on to be a quality player after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri departed for the National Football League. Perry is Alabama’s most experienced safety, appearing in 29 career games with four starts. Nick has 41 career tackles with two tackles for loss, a sack and four pass breakups.