CAREER: Has played in 26 career games as a Bulldog, serving as the No. 2 running back and as a kickoff return specialist . . . Expected to tote the rock as the number-one ball carrier in 2012 . . . Notched 844 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in 2011 . . . Skilled runner who enjoyed a breakout season in 2010 . . . Played in all 13 games and rushed for 566 yards on 101 carries . . . Redshirted his first season on campus . . . Came to Mississippi State after a highly decorated football and track career in Mississippi.
2011: Played in all 13 games, serving as a change-of-pace back out of the backfield and anchoring as the team’s kickoff return specialist . . . Carried the ball 87 times for 422 yards and two touchdowns, while catching 13 passes out of the backfield for 59 yards and two scores . . . Also returned 16 kickoffs for 363 yards . . . Ran for 78 yards on 11 carries in the SEC opener at Auburn, including a 40-yard touchdown sprint . . . Tallied 47 yards rushing on a season-high 12 carries to go along with two catches for 23 yards in the win against Louisiana Tech at home . . . The second catch was a 17-yard touchdown reception in the corner of the end zone to win the game in overtime . . . Carried the ball eight times for 43 yards at UAB and nine times for 46 yards vs. South Carolina . . . Totaled 45 yards on seven carries in the homecoming win against UT Martin . . . Notched a career high with 125 kickoff-return yards vs. No. 3 Alabama at home, including a career-long 68-yard return to set up Mississippi State’s only touchdown . . . Ran seven times for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Egg Bowl victory over rival Ole Miss, while also catching three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.
2010: Burst onto the scene during his redshirt freshman season, amassing 566 rushing yards on 101 carries and adding 247 receiving yards on nine catches . . . Scored six touchdowns with three coming through the air and three on the ground . . . Tallied a team-leading 1,110 all-purpose yards . . . Rushed 18 times for 131 yards and a score against UAB, and added a receiving touchdown on the day . . . Had an Egg Bowl to remember, totalling 319 all-purpose yards with 98 rushing and 140 receiving . . . It was the second-highest single-game all-purpose yardage total in school history . . . Named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week and Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week for his effort . . . Continued to impress in the Gator Bowl victory over Michigan, finishing the January 1 game with 155 all-purpose yards, 40 rushing yards and a team-high 79 receiving yards.
2009: Sat out his true freshman season as a redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game . . . Ranked as the No. 37 all-purpose back in the country by national recruiting web site Rivals.com . . . That site also has him listed as the No. 24 prospect in Mississippi following his senior season . . . Named second-team, all-state in all classifications at running back by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper . . . Earned first-team, all-state in Class 1A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches . . . Rushed 139 times for 1,915 yards, an amazing 13.8-yard per carry average, and 29 touchdowns, during his senior season . . . Added another 400 yards receiving and five more scores for Head Coach Phillip Wasson at Greenville St. Joseph High School . . . Rated with the top 25 high school prospects in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . He led St. Joseph to an 8-4 record and into the second round of the state playoffs during his junior season . . . Made 38 tackles and four pass interceptions while playing defense . . . Also a standout in track, he is the Class 1A defending state champion in both the 100 and 200 meters . . . In the 100 meters, he ran a 10.9, breaking a state record that had stood for 30 years . . . Other top scholarship offers: Auburn and BYU . . . Committed to Mississippi State in January 2009.
PERSONAL: Born LaDarius Robert Perkins on Sept. 18, 1990 . . . Son of Mr. Robert Perkins and Mrs. Vanessa Perkins.
PERKINS’ CAREER HIGHS
Carries – 18, vs. UAB (10-23-10)
Rushing Yards – 131, vs. UAB (10-23-10)
Rushing Touchdowns – 1, (5x) last vs. Ole Miss (11-17-11)
Longest Rush – 51, vs. UAB (10-23-10)
Receptions – 3, (3x) last vs. Ole Miss (11-26-11)
Receiving Yards – 140, at Ole Miss (11-27-10)
Receiving Touchdowns – 2, at Ole Miss (11-27-10)
Longest Reception – 79, vs. Michigan (1-1-11)
Kickoff Return Yards - 125, vs. Alabama (11-12-11)
Longest Kickoff Return - 68, vs. Alabama (11-12-11)
All-Purpose Yards – 319, at Ole Miss (11-27-10)