Honors & Awards
The two-time All-American added another floor event title to his resume after scoring a solid 15.05 against Air Force on Jan. 25, bringing his total floor event titles to seven. The junior also earned a personal best score of 14.20 on the rings during the Big Ten Championships on March 28.
At the NCAA Team Qualifiers on April 10, Perdue advanced to the Team and All-Around finals for both floor and vault, earning scores of 14.85 and 15.20, respectively. During the second night of competition, he qualified for the Individual Event Finals on both events for the first time in his career. After overcoming some struggles during the final day of competition, he narrowly missed the mark for All-America honors on vault and floor.
The Houston, Texas., native proved to be a well-rounded student-athlete both in the classroom and in the community. The international business major was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll both semesters of 2013-14, while also claiming academic All-Big Ten honors in 2014. Perdue was named to the 2014 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Perdue finished fourth in the nation at the NCAA Individual Finals with a score of 15.175 on vault. For most of the regular season, he excelled on floor exercise. However, late in the year, Perdue’s vaults became his stronger routine.
Perdue struggled to prove his All-America status at the beginning of the year, unable to make the top five on any event at the first two meets of the season. His confidence grew as the Huskers returned home for their home opener.
Perdue earned his first individual event title of the season at the Huskers’ home opener against UIC. He broke the 15 mark, scoring a 15.05 on his floor routine. The sophomore continued to produce high-scoring routines throughout the season, earning two more individual titles on floor and two on vault.
At the Big Ten Championships, Perdue produced a 15.50 on floor exercise, while adding a 15.05 on vault. He advanced to the individual finals on both events, where he earned third place overall on vault with a 15.15 score.
Returning to national competition after earning All-America honors his freshman year, Perdue earned a score of 15.00 on vault, moving him through to the Individual Finals.
Perdue also proved himself as a solid performer in the classroom by earning a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during the fall semester of 2012.
Perdue finished fourth at the NCAA Individual Finals with a career-best 15.40 score on floor exercise. While he starred on the floor throughout the season, he also provided valuable contributions on vault and still rings.
A consistent performer, Perdue posted scores of 15.00 or better on floor seven times in 2012. He also posted 12 vault scores of 14.00 or better, including a career-best 14.85 against Arizona State on March 4. He added a career-best 13.90 on still rings against Illinois and Minnesota on March 11.
At the Big Ten Championships, Perdue produced a 14.50 on floor exercise, while adding a 14.65 on vault and a 13.60 on still rings.
In his first NCAA Championships appearance, Perdue tallied a score of 15.40 on the floor to advance to the Individual Finals. He added a 14.65 on vault.
Perdue performed in the classroom as a freshman by earning a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during the fall semester of 2011.
Perdue also claimed a Level 9 national title on floor exercise at JO Nationals in 2007. He finished 14th with a 77.65 all-around score at the 2010 Junior National Team Qualifier in Colorado Springs. His 14.00 on floor exercise was good for third place at the event - two spots ahead of Husker teammate Wyatt Aycock. Perdue added a fifth-place finish on vault (15.05) and 10th-place finishes on both still rings and high bar.
Perdue trained at the Houston Gymnastics Academy and was coached by 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Coach Kevin Mazeika, along with Nori Iwai. Perdue graduated from Fort Bend Elkins High School in 2011.
Perdue is majoring in international business and claimed spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the spring of 2014. He was also a member of the inaugural Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2014.
He chose Nebraska over Ohio State, California and Oklahoma.