Changes in everyone's life are occurring on a regular basis. Some we see coming, others may be a stunner. Ultimately, it's how we react to the change and understanding why it is occurring that becomes most important. Several current Nittany Lions have been asked to make the ultimate change, switching to the other side of the ball, during their careers. The vast majority of the time, the position switches prove to be beneficial to the individual, and most importantly, the team. Such was the scenario facing Brendan Perretta last spring. With practice underway, the fifth-year senior was asked to move from wide receiver to cornerback. A quick athlete with good hands, Perretta's skills and experience will benefit the talented secondary, which is inexperienced beyond returning starters Tony Davis, Justin King and Anthony Scirrotto. The "team-first" Perretta has always been recognized as a hard worker and he quickly absorbed the characteristics and rules of the position leading up to the Blue-White game. The former Altoona Area HS standout will be competing for playing time at corner with several younger players and also could see duty on special teams, having returned kicks during his career. Perretta compiled a 3.33 grade-point average during the spring semester.
2006 Senior Season
Playing in 11 games, Perretta was seventh on the squad with eight receptions for 86 yards and a solid 10.8 average. He also had two punt returns for 17 yards, including a 12-yarder. Perretta delivered the top game of his career with four catches for 46 yards at Notre Dame (both career-highs). He also hauled in a 23-yard reception against Temple and had single catches against Youngstown State, Ohio State and Minnesota. Perretta was on the field for 141 snaps, including career-highs of 30 plays against Youngstown State and 28 at Notre Dame.
2005 Junior Season
Playing in 10 games, Perretta had five receptions for 39 yards. He made two catches for seven yards against Cincinnati and had the most productive game of his career with three catches for 32 yards against Central Michigan. He was on the field for 71 plays, topped by 19 against Central Michigan.
2004 Sophomore Season
Perretta played in the initial five games on offense and special teams. He made two receptions for 13 yards and returned three kickoffs for an 18.3 average. His first collegiate catch was good for eight yards against Akron and he had another reception against UCF. He saw action on 25 snaps. A shoulder injury kept him off the field the final six games and he underwent surgery in the winter of 2005.
2003 Freshman Season
Perretta was a team captain and first-team all-state wide receiver for Coach Phil Riccio at Altoona Area HS. He was selected the Allegheny Conference Most Valuable Player and played in the 2003 Big 33 Classic and the Lezzer Lumber Classic. The Altoona Mirror named him the Regional Player-of-the-Year and he helped Altoona become a three-time District 6 champion and reach the Pennsylvania Western finals twice. As a senior, he made 50 catches for 1,317 yards and 14 touchdowns. During the course of his career, he had 60 receptions for 1,441 yards and 16 touchdowns, and 12 rushes for 127 yards and another TD. As a defensive back, he had 10 career interceptions, one that he returned for a touchdown. He won letters in football, baseball and track. He played shortstop and outfield on the diamond and ran in the sprint events on the track.
Full name is Brendan David Perretta. He has an older sister, Tehia. He enjoys weightlifting and playing baseball. Perretta is a kinesiology major who earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2004. Born March 17, 1985 in Altoona, Pa.