Byrd benefits from position switch

When you've coached as many successful defensive backs as Fresno (Calif.) Central East secondary coach Tony Perry, you get a little leeway.

Two years ago, Perry saw sophomore Hatari Byrd languishing as a wide receiver. Perry had a feeling Byrd could excel on the other side of the ball.

Chalk up another one for Perry, who has coached defensive backs for more than 25 years. He said he has helped guide more than 40 defensive backs to Division I programs. Ricky Manning Jr. and Pittsburgh Steelers rookie safety Robert Golden are a couple of examples of defensive backs who have moved on to the NFL after working with Perry.