Hurricanes linebacker Denzyl Perryman was named a Freshman All-American by CBSSports.com today, joining 25 others on the list of the country’s top freshmen. Perryman played in all 12 games for the Hurricanes as a true freshman, playing an integral role at the second level.
Senior linebacker Ramon Buchanon was injured at the midpoint of the season, which, unfortunate as it was to lose a player as talented and experienced as Buchanon, allowed Perryman to see more playing time. He went on to finish second on the team in tackles (69), and third in tackles for loss (6.5).
Perryman saw his first starting action in the win over Georgia Tech, recording seven tackles (three for loss), and a sack as the Miami defense shut down the Yellow Jackets’ triple option attack. As the season wore on, it became evident that Perryman will play a key role in the Hurricanes present and future.
Absent from the Freshman All-American team was defensive end Anthony Chickillo, who some consider the team defensive MVP runner up behind linebacker Sean Spence. Chickillo, also a true freshman, was named by Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com one of the top ten freshmen in the country in mid-November. He called Chickillo a “cornerstone for the rebuilding effort in Miami.”
Chickillo finished tied for the team lead with five sacks (four solo), and tied Perryman and Micanor Regis for third in tackles for loss (6.5). He totaled 38 tackles for the year.