Perkins returning to UConn football to coach defensive backs

Published on Friday, 4 January 2019 21:16
Written by Neill Ostrout

Journal Inquirer

UConn football coach Randy Edsall hired a man to coach the Husky defensive backs who is very familiar.

Darrell Perkins, who worked as UConn’s defensive backs coach from 2010-13 and who also worked for Edsall at Maryland in the same position, was hired Thursday by the Huskies to resume his former post.

Perkins comes to UConn from Fordham, where he just finished his third season as co-defensive coordinator.

“Darrell understands what it takes to win at UConn and developed some outstanding defensive backs in his previous stint at UConn,” Edsall said in a school statement.

Perkins replaces Curome Cox, who was fired last month by UConn along with defensive coordinator Billy Crocker.

Fordham’s defense was fifth in all of FCS in defensive passing efficiency in 2016 and finished third in the Patriot League in interceptions with 13. The team also led the Patriot League was 12th nationally in turnovers gained.

Perkins coached Maryland’s defensive backs in the 2015 season and was in that role at Old Dominion in 2014.

While at UConn in his first stint Perkins helped coach Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Dwayne Gratz, cornerbacks who were both selected in the 2013 NFL Draft. He also worked with Byron Jones, who would go on to be selected in the first round of the 2015 draft.

“I am so excited to be back at UConn working with Coach Edsall again,” Perkins said. “He is a great person, coach and leader. I cannot wait to meet the players and then get to work doing the necessary things to have a great 2019 season.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Friday, 4 January 2019 21:16. Updated: Friday, 4 January 2019 21:19.