Former Stephenville High School football standout Noah Perez is now a 6-2, 280-pound center for the Tarleton State University Texans. The Texans had their first game of the season last Thursday at home and routed Delta State, 44-13.

Perez, now a junior kinesiology major at TSU, started 10 games for the Texans last season. He started the first seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2016 before being sidelined by an injury for the final four contests.

The 2015 SHS graduate earned honorable mention all-state from the Associated Press and was also first-team all-district and all-region on the Jackets’ 2012 state championship squad. He also earned academic all-district honors.

Noah’s older brother Nick Perez was also a starter on the offensive line at Tarleton, and was a senior during the 2015 season. Nick was All-Super Region Four first team all-region, first-team all-LSC and was on the LSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll for TSU, and was a first-team all-state offensive lineman as a senior for SHS.

Here are five questions to help you get to know Noah even better:

ET: What is your second favorite sport, behind football?

Noah: “I really enjoy track and field. In high school I did the shot put and discus.”

E-T: What is your favorite hobby?

Noah: “I like to hunt, and chill with my friends.”

E-T: What is your dream occupation?

Noah: “I want to be a firefighter in Fort Worth.”

E-T: Do you set goals for yourself in football?

Noah: I try to be as efficient as possible. As the center, I make calls. I have to be sharp. My goal is to protect the quarterback and make plays happen.”

E-T: What do you enjoy the most about playing football at Tarleton?

Noah: “I have such an awesome family here, all with the same goal. Going through the grind with them is just a fun atmosphere to be around.”