Countdown to Kickoff: 20 Days

We’re counting down to MSU’s season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31, giving you a significant number to ponder as August trudges on. Today’s number is…



Senior tailback LaDarius Perkins has become familiar with the end zone during his career, scoring a total of 20 touchdowns over his first three seasons in Starkville. And he hasn’t just gotten it done on the ground. Perkins has 13 rushing touchdowns, but he also has seven receiving TDs.

And he’s been a dual-threat in that fashion every season. As a freshman, Perk had three touchdowns on the ground and three through the air. As a sophomore, he had two apiece. Last year, when he took over the lead tailback role, the split finally tilted heavily toward the run, with eight TDs rushing and two receiving.

What will the split look like this year? While he’s still the lead horse, there has been talk of Perkins being more involved in the pass game. And he could lose some carries to MSU’s stable of backups – Josh RobinsonDerrick Milton and Nick Griffin. And heck, maybe freshman Ashton Shumpert gets in on the act.

Be assured that Perkins will find ways to paydirt. He’s got good speed, shiftiness, and isn’t afraid of contact. That’s a good formula for scoring touchdowns.

I am the online content coordinator for Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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