Missouri Tiger receiver begins to live up to expectations

Associated Press - September 23, 2009 10:04 AM ET

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Wide receiver Jared Perry has had his ups and downs during his career at Missouri, but for his senior season, he's emerging as 1 of the Tigers' biggest threats.

At 6-1 and 175 pounds, Perry has bulked up substantially from the 148-pounder who arrived as a freshman. Through the first three games, Perry leads Missouri (3-0) in receiving yards with 309 and touchdowns with four. He's second on the team with 17 catches, behind Danario Alexander's 20.

Perry was named Missouri's top freshman in 2006 after catching 37 passes for 429 yards and three touchdowns. But he followed that up with a disappointing 13-catch season in 2007, with no scores.

His upswing began last season, when he caught 41 passes for 567 yards and four touchdowns.

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