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Luis Perez doesn’t always play quarterback. But when he does, he’s the most interesting man in DII football.

Perez is the starting quarterback for Texas A&M-Commerce. Last year, he threw for 3,326 yards and a program-record 32 touchdowns as his Lions made it to the NCAA postseason after yet another Lone Star Conference title.

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Thanks to the arm of Perez, the Lions were considered real contenders in 2017. They opened the season ranked No. 5, with a huge matchup against then-No. 6 ranked North Alabama, the 2016 national runners-up. While the game didn’t go particularly well for Perez — he threw for 179 yards and an uncharacteristic three interceptions — Texas A&M-Commerce got the win behind a rather interesting score of 8-7.

“I was amped up,” Perez said. “There was a big crowd and it was a new environment. I got to tip my hat to UNA, their defense is fantastic. But we got to give it up to our defense. Only giving up seven points on busted coverage, what else can you ask for? I’m glad we came out with a win.

“When we came out with that ‘W’ last Friday, we were like, ‘You know what? We have a chance to be really, really special.’ As the leaders, we’re trying to motivate the team, and let them know that this is the year that we have a real opportunity to go really far and deep in the playoffs.”