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USC football: Nick Perry setting the pace for quarterback sacks

September 27, 2009 |  2:30 pm


USC defensive end Nick Perry entered Saturday night’s 27-6 victory over Washington State as the Pacific 10 Conference sack leader.

And Perry got two more to increase his total to six.

Not bad for a redshirt freshman who has yet to start a game for the Trojans.

Asked to explain the secret for his success, Perry said, “I can’t really say -- it’s just a feeling when I get out there. Once I get in the zone, it’s like me against the quarterback.”

The Trojans had eight sacks against Washington State.

Linebacker Michael Morgan had 2 ½ sacks; ends Malik Jackson and Everson Griffen one each. Cornerback Kevin Thomas had one and defensive tackle Christian Tupou was credited with half a sack.

Freshman end Devon Kennard forced and recovered a fumble and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey also recovered a fumble.

-- Gary Klein

Photo: USC's Nick Perry fights his way past San Jose State's Steve Lightsy in the season opener. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.