There is a new world in college athletics. Name, image, likeness rights are here and N’Kosi Perry is the first athlete to sign an alcohol deal. The quarterback out of Florida Atlantic has made history with the brand endorsement. Islamorada Beer has partnered with the 23-year-old grad student. Perry spent four years at Miami before joining the FAU program.
Islamorada Beer Company is based out of the Florida Keys making the deal something the Sunshine State can take pride in. They shared an announcement via Twitter to celebrate the occasion.
“We are happy to announce, Islamorada Beverages is the first Alcohol Company to endorse an NCAA Athlete through the NIL,” the company said in the post.
For the Owls, this is one of the most impressive deals of any Florida Atlantic athlete. Not to mention that N’Kosi Perry is making history with the deal. With NIL right, players are making all kinds of deals. Not only that, other students are helping them with marketing. Perry for instance is represented by Trent Robinson, a student at Miami University.
Over on his own Twitter, Perry shared his own message to celebrate the occasion. Everything looks great for the Owls quarterback. What makes this deal even better is that Islamorada is owned by FAU alumni. Keeping things in the Owls family!
NIL deals are here to stay. Players can make money in many ways now. It isn’t just star QBs getting in on the action, either. There have been walk-on players get deals. Even players in non-revenue sports have cashed in on their status as college athletes.
Florida Atlantic Begins Season with Loss
While N’Kosi Perry is doing great on the marketing side, his team started the year with a loss. However, he did play a solid game. Playing against the Florida Gators, it was clear that the Owls were outmatched on the field. From the beginning, the two teams were very different offensively.
The Gators were able to get everything they wanted on the ground. Anthony Richardson had such a great day rushing, he averaged 22.9 yards per carry. He covered 160 yards in just 7 touches. Quarterback Emory Jones wasn’t needed much. After a couple of interceptions and a touchdown, he was limited the rest of the game.
As for N’Kosi Perry, he had a bit of a better day in the air. While the run game wasn’t getting much done, he made some traction in the passing game. He finished the day with 261 yards and a touchdown. With 19/33 completions, there isn’t much that he should hang his head about. However, after suffering six sacks, Perry needs rest.
Next up for the Florida Atlantic Owls is a game against Georgia Southern. The Eagles are coming off a week one win. Hopefully, there will be improvements made. After last week, this will be a more even matchup. So, Perry will be ready. If he can throw for another 250+ yards against GA Southern, that will put them in a great position to come away with the win.