(Entering 2013) Member of the watch list for the 2013 Maxwell Award, given annually to the nation's top player ... Named 2013 preseason All-SEC by Athlon Sports, the Birmingham News and Phil Steele ... Jet-fast running back returning for a final season in the Maroon and White as one of the school's most prolific all-purpose backs ... Doak Walker Award Watch List member in 2012 who took over the starting tailback role and excelled in the position ... Has seen action in 38 career games ... Sixth all-time in Mississippi State history with 3,463 career all-purpose yards ... Has scored 20 career touchdowns, just four away from entering the career top 10 ... Rushed for 2,012 yards in his first three seasons, good for 12th all-time in career yardage, lacking only 145 yards for top 10 status ... Came to Mississippi State after a highly decorated football and track career in Mississippi.
The fifth-leading rusher in Mississippi State history with 2,554 yards, Perkins rushed for 542 yards on 137 carries and two touchdowns this season. He finished his career second in MSU all-purpose yardage chart (4,253).
Named All-SEC Second-Team by the Associated Press and ESPN.com ... Enjoyed a breakout junior campaign as he took over the starting running back position ... Scored at least one rushing touchdown in each of the teams first seven games, one of only two players in the country to do so ... Eclipsed the 100-yard mark four times ... Finished the season seventh in the Southeastern Conference with a rushing average of 85.3 yards per game ... Rushed for 1,024 yards on 205 carries and scored eight touchdowns during the junior season ... Became just the ninth player in Bulldog history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season ... Also hauled in 19 passes for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns ... As one of the primary kickoff returners, averaged 20 yards per return on 16 runbacks ... Rushed nine times for 58 yards and a pair of scores in the season-opening win against Jackson State ... Carried 14 times for 83 yards and a touchdown against Auburn ... Rushed for a career-high 179 yards on 23 carries against Troy ... Eclipsed the 100-yard and 20-carry mark in three-straight games against Kentucky, Tennessee and Middle Tennessee ... Missed the LSU game due to injury ... Came back to catch three passes for two touchdowns in win over Arkansas ... Rushed 19 times for 91 yards in the final game of the season against Northwestern in the Gator Bowl ... CollegeFootballPerformance.com Honorable Mention All-Purpose Player of the Week after performances against Arkansas at home and on the road at Troy ... His 1,509 all-purpose yards in 2012 ranked fifth all-time in school history for a single season.
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.
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.
Sat out his true freshman season as a redshirt.
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.
Born LaDarius Robert Perkins on Sept. 18, 1990 ... Son of Mr. Robert Perkins and Mrs. Vanessa Perkins.