Meet Marcus Perry
April 4, 2009
Most people don’t know much about the longer snapper until something goes wrong, then everyone wants to know who he is. For this reason Marcus Perry agreed to sit down and to let people get to know a little about himself, as well as what it is like to be a long snapper, which is not as easy as most people believe it to be.
What do you want people to know about being a long snapper?
It’s definitely a background job. I do all the same work that everyone else does, but it’s not easy. It’s a high stress position. There is a lot riding on your stuff, but it’s a really fun position. People don’t really know about the longer snapper, so I would just say, ‘Hey pay attention a little more to the specialists sometimes.’ There’s not much to it.
Why Oregon State?
I really liked Coach Riley and the people here. The guys are just like a family here. The team is really cool and everyone was really welcoming to me.
What should people expect for this upcoming season?
You better be ready because last year we lost some guys that are going on to the next level, but we are going to be ready to come out and to make something happen again.
Marcus Perry in a nutshell…
I think too much. That is Marcus Perry in a nutshell. I am always thinking about everything at one time. When I go out there on the field, I try to clear my mind and focus on what I need to do.
What was it like growing up in Chula Vista, Calif.?
It was great. I love where I grew up. It was a really good community because we were in Eastlake (within Chula Vista) and I had a lot of good friends, even though I got there late because my parents just split up and I didn’t know anyone but through football, then I got to know everyone and now everyone out there knows who I am.
What is your worst habit?
Biting my lips. That’s what I do a lot. I am always chewing on my lips, even in the games I just sit there and do it. It’s like a nervous habit.
Has your sport always been football?
Yeah it has. I used to play a little bit of baseball in high school, and basketball, but football has always been my main focus.
Who is going to win the Super Bowl in 2010?
If I have it my way, I would want my Packers to win, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen.
If you weren’t a long snapper, what would you be?
I definitely want to play linebacker. I played linebacker in high school and I really enjoyed playing it. I don’t think I could have gotten the opportunity to play linebacker at a D1 school, maybe D2, but I really love playing on defense, which is why long snapping worked out really well because then maybe I could get in on a tackle.
What was your first job like?
Truthfully, the only job I ever really had was coaching football at my high school, which I didn’t really get paid for, which sucked. I’ve never really had a job because my dad wanted to make sure that I could focus on school and my athletics. You think you can make all this money right away and you lose focus from school and all the other important things. I never really had a job besides my dad making me do everything around the house.
What do you enjoy outside of football?
Hanging out with my roommate Justin Kahut and my friends. I just love hanging out and going out to eat all the time. That’s what we do, just hang out and go eat with Justin. It’s a good time.
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