Former A&M-Commerce star quarterback Luis Perez shines in AAF Debut

Tyler McDonough, Sports Editor

Former A&M-Commerce Harlon Hill Winner Luis Perez threw for 256 yards in his AAF debut | Birmingham Iron Photo

By Tyler McDonough | Sports Editor

Luis Perez is back once again on the football field, this time he’s at the helm for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football League.

Perez shined in his debut as he threw for 256 yards on 19 of 33 passing in a 26-0 stomping of the Memphis Express. Although he didn’t throw for any touchdowns, Perez was still the talk of the internet, as many writers acclaimed Perez should be an NFL quarterback (which we might see again shortly) and was deemed by many as the top quarterback of week one in the AAF.

The AAF has many notable names including former Divison One quarterbacks such as Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Texas’ Garrett Gilbert, and Georgia’s Aaron Murray. Perez is also teammates with former Alabama star running back Trent Richardson.

Perez faced off in week one against Memphis Express quarterback and former Penn State standout Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg was a 2nd round pick of the New York Jets back in 2016.

Perez outplayed the former 2nd rounder from start to finish as Hackenberg only threw for 63 yards on 10-23 passing and an interception.

“I thought Luis did a great job, he was on-point,” Head Coach Tim Lewis said. “He threw the ball very well, he hit the guys that were open and picked the right people. When we did have him calling the game on his own, he did a fantastic job of directing the team and his composure and poise was very good. He’s a very positive leader and an accurate passer.”

Perez at training camp with the Iron | Birmingham Iron photo

Perez chimned in after the game. “I’ll tell you what, we’re going to get better from here, there’s a lot of things I can clean up offensively. All of us can clean up a lot of things. We’re just going to get better and I don’t think I really showed anything. I’ve got to improve with what I did; a few throws I wish I had back and a few decisions like that.”

Everyone at A&M-Commerce knows what Perez is capable of. The former TAMUC Lion and Los Angeles Ram knows his strengths and plays to them. It’s only a matter of time before he puts the AAF on high alert and there’s a very good chance we will see Perez back in an NFL jersey.

Perez and co. will be back in action this Saturday as the Iron host the Salt Lake Stallions. You can check out the game at 1 P.M. Central on TNT.