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Nevada special teams coach Tommy Perry expected to leave for UTSA

Tommy Perry
Special teams coach{ }Tommy Perry is expected to leave Nevada for UTSA, per ESPN. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Nevada special teams coach Tommy Perry is expected to take a position at Texas-San Antonio, per a report by ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

The Roadrunners recently hired Jeff Traylor as its head coach and he's currently putting his staff together. Neither Nevada nor UTSA has officially announced the move.

Perry has been a part of Jay Norvell's staff for each of the head coach's three seasons at Nevada, including the last two in a full-time assistant role after the NCAA allowed a 10th assistant coach prior to the 2018 season.

Perry guided a special teams unit that has improved in each of the last three years, including this season, which saw kicker Brandon Talton earn midseason All-American honors while being named second-team All-Mountain West. Perry's long snapper from 2017-18, Wes Farnsworth, has signed NFL deals with the Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos.

Perry is originally from Monroe, La., but has spent a lot of time in Texas. He played for Tyler Junior College from 2000-01 and for Texas A&M from 2002-03. His grandfather, John David Crow, won a Heisman Trophy while playing for Texas A&M in 1957. Perry has degrees from Texas A&M and Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Prior to coming to Nevada, he was the special teams and running backs coach at North Texas as well as stints at South Alabama (as a full-time assistant), Alabama (as a graduate assistants), Texas A&M-Commerce and with NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals.

In Perry's three seasons, Nevada's special teams ranked 125th (out of 130 teams) in 2017, 88th in 2018 and 86th in 2019 in ESPN's Football Power Index special teams rankings.

Perry's departure would leave Nevada with just five of its 10 full-time assistant coach positions filled after the firing of Jeff Casteel (defensive coordinator/linebackers), David Lockwood (secondary) and Mike Chamoures (safeties) after the regular season and the departure of Angus McClure, Nevada's offensive line coach who left for the same position at Cal last Friday.

The returning assistant coaches are Matt Mumme (offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach), Vai Taua (running backs), Eric Scott (wide receivers), Timmy Chang (tight ends) and Jackie Shipp (defensive line). Norvell expects to hire a defensive coordinator soon and will hire the two defensive assistants after that move. Now he has two more positions to fill after the moves by McClure and Perry.

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