April 26, 2010

Perkins pushes for playing time

One of the biggest questions of the spring is which running back would step up to replace the loss of three seniors in the backfield.

After a redshirt season, LaDarius Perkins proved to be one of those backs that will help carry the load in 2010.

"Spring went pretty good for me," Perkins said. "I'm learning the plays. Back in the fall I worked a lot with the scout team so I wasn't in the meeting room a whole lot. Now I'm all caught up and learning all the signals and plays. I'm trying to make myself a better player. Right now I'm trying to work on my pass blocking which is my only struggle. Everything else has been going pretty good."

The former three-star standout out of Class 1A St. Joseph in Greenville, Miss., feels that redshirting in 2009 helped him make the transition into the Southeastern Conference

"It helped me a lot because I came from a small high school," Perkins said. "Now I'm at the D-I level and players are much bigger and faster. It's hard to get to the outside. In high school it wasn't hard at all to get to the outside. Now I'm around more experienced players at football so that redshirt really helped me with all my techniques and learn how defenses work."

The redshirt year also allowed him to learn from graduating seniors Anthony Dixon, Christian Ducre and Arnil Stallworth.

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