USC defensive end Perry to apply for entry into NFL draft

USC junior defensive end Nick Perry intends to apply for entry to the 2012 NFL Draft, the school announced Saturday.

Perry is a two-year starter for the Trojans and had 9.5 sacks last year.

Coach Lane Kiffin said he supported Perry's decision.

"His career progression at USC continued climbing to a point where he was ready to make the jump to the NFL," Kiffin said in a statement. "He was an awesome pass rushing for us and he created havoc throughout the Pac-12 this year in a league that featured many of the nation's most dangerous passing offenses. He will be a valued addition to any NFL team and should be an attractive choice in the upcoming draft."