FB: 2014 Spring Game - Green & White Game Highlights
Perry Carter begins his second season with North Texas as the coach of the safeties for the Mean Green defense.
In his first year, the Mean Green secondary and safeties made big strides. Lairamie Lee was third on the team in tackles and interceptions. Sheldon Wade finished fifth in tackles while freshman Kishawn McClain emerged as a star in the making.
McClain made three starts in 2014 and was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman team. He had one interception and was the leading freshman tackler for NT, and sixth overall with 39.
Prior to North Texas, Carter spent eight seasons with the Houston Texans as a coach and four years as assistant defensive backs coach, where he worked closely with Texans’ defensive backs coach Vance Joseph to help develop Houston’s secondary. Since 2011, Houston ranked third in the NFL in pass defense (207.7 yards per game) and led the NFL in completion percentage (52.5).
In 2011, Houston ranked third in pass defense, giving up 189.7 yards per game, after finishing 30th in 2010 with 267.5 yards per game. The Texans had the NFL’s lowest pass completion percentage allowed (51.9), ranked second with 6.17 yards per attempt allowed and had the second-lowest opponent passer rating at 69.0.
Carter also worked with the defensive backs in his five previous seasons with the Texans, including his four seasons as a defensive assistant. He originally joined the Texans staff through the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship program during the 2006 training camp.
Carter’s coaching career began in 2004 as the secondary coach at Texas A&M-Commerce. He worked in private business in 2005, then returned to coaching with NFL Europe’s Hamburg Sea Devils as a defensive backs/defensive assistant in the summer of 2006. Carter also worked with the special teams in Hamburg.
The 42-year-old Carter, a native of McComb, Miss., earned four letters playing cornerback at Southern Mississippi from 1990-94. Carter was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth round (107th pick overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft, and played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1995 and the Oakland Raiders from 1996-98. Carter also played five seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos (2000-01), Montreal Alouettes (2002) and British Columbia Lions (2003-04).