Navy freshman QB pulled from stands to play vs. Fordham
In the middle of a busy opening college football Saturday, Navy might take the cake for the most bizarre story.
Freshman quarterback Malcolm Perry, the fourth-string quarterback for the Midshipmen, was not dressed prior to their opener against Fordham. But after starter Tago Smith went down with an injury, the Clarksville, Tennessee, native was pulled out of the Brigade and put onto the sideline.
Freshman QB Malcolm Perry was not dressed to start the game. He was pulled out of the Brigade when Tago went down. Will wear #5 in 2nd H— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) September 3, 2016
Was #4. Had been sick so did not dress. He's not the intramural QB or anything like that. https://t.co/E4Zro5rICh— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) September 3, 2016
But that was where the weird story was just beginning. After Navy opened up a very comfortable 49-13 lead late in the third quarter, Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo handed the keys to the offense to Perry, marking his collegiate debut.
Ok, NOW you can go crazy. Malcolm Perry is entering the game #NavyFootball— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) September 3, 2016
Perry kept the offense humming, too, rushing four times for 28 yards on a 90-yard drive that resulted in a field goal.
The Navy Athletics account tweeted some fascinating details to give even more depth to this debut.
To add to this story, Perry was recruited to #NavyFootball as a SB. Was moved to QB by Ivin Jasper in the fall— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) September 3, 2016
Perry was the starting QB in the JV game yesterday #NavyFootball— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) September 3, 2016
It might have been in the second half of a blowout over an FCS team, but Perry's debut still stands as one of the most memorable you will ever see simply because of the crazy events surrounding it.