Bishop Gorman cornerback Alex Perry throws a football back to the kickers during practice at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Josh Holmberg/Las Vegas Review-JournalUNLV cornerback Alex Perry, right, deflects a pass as defensive line coach Tony Samuel, left, looks on during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) quarterback Armani Rogers prepares to throw pass during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) head coach Tony Sanchez watches his players during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) running back Charles Williams, center, is wrapped up during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) offensive line Justin Polu (78) defends as quarterback Armani Rogers, left, throws pass during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) quarterback Armani Rogers runs with the ball during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) quarterback Armani Rogers prepares to throw pass during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) cornerback Alex Perry, right, tries to recover a loose ball during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) cornerback Alex Perry, right, blocks a pass during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) cornerback Alex Perry, right, watch the practice from the sideline during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) cornerback Alex Perry, center, warms up during team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

UNLV sophomore cornerback Alex Perry was driving last Thursday when he received a call from coach Tony Sanchez, getting news he was hoping to hear.

Sanchez told the Arizona State transfer that the NCAA declared him eligible to play this season rather than having to sit out a year.

“It was real good because now I have something to work for,” Perry said. “I don’t have to use my redshirt, and I can actually play.”

Having Perry available could be a tremendous boost for the Rebels, who play Texas-El Paso at 6 p.m. Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium. He was a four-star recruit out of Bishop Gorman who returned to Las Vegas after one year to tend to a family issue.