If his coaches could play, Trey Perry would have a talented football team at Mt. Juliet.
As it is, former Golden Bear and professional quarterback Levi Brown will only be able to impart his wisdom to Mt. Juliet QBs as the new position coach.
Brown was named as a non-faculty assistant by Perry on Tuesday. He joins, among others, kicking coach James Wilhoit, a former Tennessee Vol kicker.
“We’d have a pretty darn good team,” Perry said of his two former Division I players. “We’d be scoring a lot of points.”
Brown graduated from MJHS in December 2004 after running the spread offense of former coach David Crawford. He signed with Richmond before transferring to Troy, where he ran the Trojans’ spread attack. He finished second in the nation with 4,254 passing yards as a senior in 2009, establishing Troy and Sun Belt Conference records.
He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 draft by the Buffalo Bills, spending two preseasons with the NFL team and most of his rookie year as the third quarterback.
After being released by the Bills, he played in the Canadian Football League.
Brown is joining a Mt. Juliet program which has been a wing-T outfit under Crawford, successor, Roger Perry, Trey’s father. One of the concerns NFL scouts had about Brown coming out of college was whether he could take snaps under center.
But Trey Perry, who is taking over as the offensive coordinator, said the offense will become more multiple to fit the talents of the current players.
“We are going to…be more of a spread,” Trey Perry said. “We’re still use a lot of our wing-T principles.
“It’s more of a personnel thing than anything else.”
Though the wing-T has historically been associated with running the football, Mt. Juliet, when current MJHS athletic director Mike Duncan was the play-caller, ran what was essentially a spread out of wing-T formations with current Cumberland quarterback Reed Gurchiek triggering a high-scoring attack.
“That was one of the biggest attractions for both of us, the experience he has in the spread,” said Trey Perry, comparing the offense to the one used by Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who Perry said was influenced heavily by legendary Delaware coach Tubby Raymond, one of the gurus of the wing-T.
Roger Perry, who stepped down as head coach a year ago after undergoing heart bypass surgery but continued to call the offensive plays last fall, has moved the position of director of football operations. He will continue to coach on the field as a backfield coach and spend game nights in the press box.
Trey Perry, after serving as his father’s defensive coordinator for seven seasons, will call the shots on the other side of the ball. He feels his experience on D will help on the O.
“I’ve been a defensive guy my whole career,” Trey Perry said. “The last few years, all I’ve done is watch film of offenses.
“I’m excited about it.”