October 12, 2013
Perkins Excited He, and his quarterback, is Healthy Again
Mississippi State has had a lot of great running backs in its illustrious history. One is beginning to throw his name in the hat of those great runners that have worn Maroon and White with Ladarius Perkins starting to scratch some names out of the record book as he moves closer to setting records.
The senior star running back that has been known for his speed as racked up 3,728 all-purpose yards just 22 yards out from tying Bulldog great Jerious Norwood for the number four spot on the all-time list. His senior season hasn't been as productive as he would like it, however. The speedy Greenville native has been hampered by injuries. Still, he's working through those injuries on his way to 190 yards on just 39 carries this year.
"I feel like I was about 95% when the game started," Perkins said about trying to get back healthy last Saturday. "I feel pretty good this week. It felt good the first play of the game to get a good run and I started feeling pretty well. The offense was clicking, just wish we would have made a few more plays to win the game."
Perkins had his best game of the season on Saturday rushing for 82 yards on just 10 carries gashing the LSU defense on two particular runs for 28 and 32-yard runs. The prior coming on MSU's opening play offensively to get the offense started on what would be a three-play drive capped by a touchdown. The big first half was great for the Bulldogs and Perkins said it was because of a big week of practice.
"It starts out here at practice. We had a great practice all week last week. We were executing our plays like we should. We knew coming into the game that we had to make a lot of big plays to beat those guys. As you saw, those guys didn't miss any plays. They made every play that they needed to be made. In the first half we made a lot of big plays but in the second half we didn't make the plays that we needed to make to win the game. All you can do is get better at practice so we could get the victory."
Perkins attributed a lot of that success to getting senior quarterback Tyler Russell back out on the field for the first time since the opening game of the season against Oklahoma State. He admits he was excited to finally see his quarterback out on the gridiron once again.
"It felt great seeing Tyler out there. When he came out there I just knew that everything was going to click for him to make the plays. He was throwing the ball really well and made a physical run that you don't see him do that much. It was great to see him play like that and he's had a great week of practice this week too."
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