News:LaDarius Perkins will submit paperwork for a draft evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins had a strong year for Mississippi State, running for 940 yards (5.1 YPC) and eight touchdowns while catching 19 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. He's a legitimate dual-threat running back and should have a good shot at catching on to an NFL roster, but we can't see the board giving him anything more than a fourth-round grade at the moment, which should make the junior hesitant about declaring.
News:LaDarius Perkins (quadriceps) ran for 91 yards on 17 carries against Arkansas on Saturday while catching three passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins showed no limitations from the quadriceps injury that kept him out the prior week. He should be a solid flex play in most or all formats against Mississippi.
News:LaDarius Perkins (quadriceps) practiced Tuesday and is probable for Saturday's game against Arkansas, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins should have a nice game against Arkansas, but the potential for rust probably makes him a bit more risky than usual.
News:LaDarius Perkins missed Saturday's game against LSU with a quadriceps injury, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.
Analysis: The previously unreported injury certainly hurt Mississippi State on Saturday, but he was basically a no-go in the first place due to LSU's defense. Consider him questionable going forward, with a rotation of Nick Griffin, Josh Robinson and Derrick Milton serving as the replacement if necessary.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 42 yards on 13 carries against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins' major slump figures to extend to a third week against LSU on Saturday. We can't recommend him outside of SEC-only leagues.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 38 yards on 15 carries against Alabama on Saturday.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins predictably had nowhere to run. He's a strong bet to bounce back against the much more manageable Texas A&M defense, however.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins is really making a name for himself this year, and now he's up to 724 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground -- scoring in every game in the process. Still, he's no more than a flex consideration in SEC-only leagues against Alabama.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 101 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries against Tennessee on Saturday.
Analysis: He added two catches for 25 yards. LaDarius Perkins is one of the nation's top runners and should have another productive effort against Middle Tennessee.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries against Kentucky on Saturday while catching three passes for 53 yards.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins has a touchdown in every game this year and went over 100 yards on the ground in two of the last three weeks. He should be owned in all leagues.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries against South Alabama on Saturday.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins should post better numbers in what should be a closer game against Kentucky after the bye.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 179 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries against Troy on Saturday.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins might not get much work if this week's game against South Alabama turns into a blowout, but he should be owned in most or all formats until he cools off. He has 320 yards and four touchdowns on the ground through three games.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 83 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against Auburn on Saturday while catching three passes for 17 yards.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins is a good low-end running back option for the foreseeable future, as Mississippi State has Troy, South Alabama and Kentucky up next.
News:LaDarius Perkins ran for 50 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries against Jackson State on Saturday.
Analysis: Mississippi State crushed Jackson State, so LaDarius Perkins was done by halftime. He's worth starting in SEC-only leagues against Auburn next week, but he's otherwise probably a risky start with his role still undefined.
News:LaDarius Perkins is up to 194 pounds, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports.
Analysis:LaDarius Perkins was playing in the 185-pound range in past years, so it's a fairly significant weight gain. Perkins had some speed and quickness to spare, so his ability to take more punishment should pay off. Nick Griffin still figures to take a lot of carries, but the pair should be able to coexist.
News: Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf got the start against rival Ole Miss in his last Egg Bowl and did decently well considering his recent struggles. Relf threw for two touchdowns while running back LaDarius Perkins enjoyed some success as well as he had a rushing and receiving score.
Analysis: The Bulldog offense looked like what we saw last year, but don't expect a repeat during bowl season.
News: When Mississippi State and Georgia play each other this weekend, there will be two different quarterbacks who take the field. The Bulldogs from Starkville have a big, dual-threat in Chris Relf while the Dawgs have an athletic, gunslinger in Aaron Murray. Both should feast on the opposite defense with Murray having a slightly better performance.
Analysis: Both quarterbacks are solid starts, but Relf is running less with LaDarius Perkins and Vick Ballard, while Murray is growing so much as a passer that it is hard to slow his arm down.
News: Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins is one of the fastest guys on the team, but wants to show that he is more than just an outside runner. Running backs coach Greg Knox says that Perkins is "becoming a better inside runner for us this year" and "I don't want him to always have the tag as an outside guy."
Analysis: Perkins will still do the bulk of his damage on the outside and in the receiving game, and thus is worth a selection in SEC and deeper BCS leagues only.
News: Hybrid players are all the rage lately, but Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has been using them for a while. In Starkville, Mullen will use running back LaDarius Perkins out of the slot as well as wide receiver Chad Bumphis at quarterback. "He throws as good as most of our guys do," says Mullen.
Analysis: Perkins could really step up this year while Bumphis needs to see more vertical passes to increase his draft stock.
News: Even with ground scorchers like Chris Relf, Vick Ballard, and LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State wide receiver Chad Bumphis is excited about the passing game of the Bulldogs.
Analysis: Bumphis will likely lead the team in receptions for yet another season, but the wildcard is true freshman receiver Joe Morrow.
Mississippi State's Perkins - Only Two Rushing Attempts In Week 12
News: Perkins took just two carries for a total of seven yards rushing Saturday as Mississippi State fell to Arkansas 38-31 at home in double-overtime.
Analysis: In only one other game this season has Perkins served as a lesser part of Mississippi State's ground attack - a one-carry / five-yard day on 10/16 against the University of Florida.
Mississippi State's Perkins Nets 44 Yards Versus Tide
News: Perkins took eight carries for 44 yards Saturday as Mississippi State fell to Alabama 30-10 on the road.
Analysis: Saturday's production versus the Crimson Tide was Perkins' best since putting up 131 yards on 18 carries in place of an injured Vick Ballard back on 10/23.
MSU's Perkins Relinquishes Rushing Duties Back To Ballard
News: Perkins saw just three carries go for 11 yards Saturday as Mississippi State downed Kentucky 24-17 at home in Starksville.
Analysis: Perkins rushed for a career high 131 yards last week against UAB in place of an injured Vick Ballard, but saw a mere fraction of Week Eight's production this past Saturday given that his junior teammate returned to action versus Kentucky.
MSU's Perkins Ignites Bulldogs In Place Of Injured Ballard
News: Perkins took 18 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown Saturday as Mississippi State snuck passed UAB 29-24 in Starksville.
Analysis: Perkins was playing in place of the injured Vick Ballard, and shined in the role of starting tailback, ripping off a career-high 131 yards and his third score rushing touchdown of the season. Ballard is expected to return to uniform soon, which means that Perkins will unlikely see numbers similar to those put up in Week Eight any time in the near future. Still, for those in keeper leagues, Perkins is a sleeper pick worth grabbing now, as he'll surely develop into one of the Bulldogs' more dangerous weapons starting next season.
News: Perkins rushed 10 times for 48 yards with a touchdown in Saturday's 49-16 victory over Alcorn State.
Analysis: The score was his first of the season and Perkins doesn't see enough action in the Mississippi State offense to warrant your consideration.
Redshirt Freshman Developing into Harvin-like Player for Mullens
News: Perkins, a redshirt freshman, is said to be developing into a Percy Harvin-esque player at tailback and slot receiver for Mississippi State in fall camp, the Clarion Ledger reports.
Analysis: Perkins is said to be the "fastest guy on the team" by junior tailback Robert Elliott and is described as "pretty exciting with the ball in his hands" by head coach Dan Mullens. Mullens intends to use Perkins at running back this season, but notes that the redshirt freshman will also line up at slot receiver - a move Perkins thinks makes for a good fit considering he sees himself "more of . . . a versatile running back who can motion out to the slot and do different things like that." The 5-10, 190-pound Perkins originally committed to play for the Auburn Tigers, but changed his mind after the coaching changes of 2008. He redshirted last year given the depth at tailback MSU fielded, but looks forward to becoming one of the Bulldogs top playmakers in 2010.