Record setting QB followed his heart to LA Tech
Bulldogs kickoff against Southern Miss at 6 p.m.
Photos from Louisiana Tech's final Western Athletic Conference football game.
Photos from Louisiana Tech's first full pads practice during fall camp.
Photos from the fourth practice of fall camp.
As Pete Perot continues in his third decade on the Louisiana Tech staff, Bulldog fans will be thrilled to see the former NFL player on the sideline once again this fall as the Tech veteran enters his 23rd year in Ruston.
He guided a veteran offensive line in 2011 that ended the year with a combined 109 starts, 91 of which return for the 2012 campaign. Starters Stephen Warner and Kris Cavitt were named first team All-WAC with Warner, a former walk-on from Ruston High School, returning as the starting center this fall with 28 consecutive starts under his belt.
Perot's experience came through in during the 2009-10 seasons as the offensive line paved the way for a Tech tailback to record 1,000 rushing yard seasons in consecutive years for the first time since Ryan Moats grabbed the nation's attention in 2003-04. Lennon Creer's 1,181 yards in 2010 followed Daniel Porter's 2009 mark of 1,164 rushing yards as Creer slashed through opposing defenses over the last two-thirds of the season.
His return to the Louisiana Tech sidelines resulted in an offensive line that paved the way for an offense that finished the 2009 season ranked 29th in the nation in rushing and 46th in the country in scoring. Perot's offensive line also paved the way for Daniel Porter to become the school's all-time rushing leader with 3,352 career rushing yards as he became only the second player in Tech history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
The long-time fan favorite was able to enjoy the Bulldogs postseason success as he returned to the Tech sideline to coach in the 17-10 Independence Bowl victory over Northern Illinois in late December.
Perot came to Louisiana Tech in 1986 as a volunteer assistant following an eight-year NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles (1979-84) and New Orleans Saints (1985-86) which was highlighted by his start for the Eagles in Super Bowl XV.
In 1988, he was promoted to offensive line coach at Tech where he stayed until he departed for the same position at Southern Miss in 1997. After three years on the Golden Eagles staff, Perot returned to Tech in 2000 where he has been a mainstay on the Bulldog staff.
Perot has earned a reputation as one of the top offensive line coaches in the South, tutoring such greats as William Roaf (New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs), Grant Williams (New England Patriots) and Joey Chustz (Jacksonville Jaguars). Under Perot's tutelage, Roaf earned All-America honors in 1992 and was one of three finalists for the coveted Outland Trophy before being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Saints.
The Natchitoches, La., native also coached former Bulldog left guard Aaron Lips, who earned all-WAC honors for three straight seasons while also starting a Tech Division I record 47 straight games. Lips was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List as a senior.
During his career at Tech, Perot's offensive lines have paved the way for the top eight single season rushing performances in Bulldog history, including Ryan Moats' record-breaking 1,774 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2004, and eight of the top 10 overall.
While at Southern Miss, Perot helped the Golden Eagles to three straight bowl appearances where his offensive lines paved the way for three straight 1,000 yard rushing performances (one by Eric Shaw in 1997, and two by Derrick Nix in 1998 and 1999). His 1999 line placed three USM players on the Conference USA All-Freshman team.
As a collegiate player, Perot started all four years on the offensive line at Northwestern State before being drafted in the second round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
The father of two also serves as the liaison between the Bulldog football program and NFL scouts.
Perot is married to the former Kate Adams of Hodge, La., and the couple has two sons, Joey and Josh. Kate is an admissions counselor at Louisiana Tech and is also a Tech alumna.
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