STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State's LaDarius Perkins has waited a long time to become the Bulldogs' starting running back, stuck for three years behind standouts Anthony Dixon and Vick Ballard.
But the fifth-year senior finally got his chance last season, and responded with 1,024 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Now he's ready to cement his legacy as one of the school's best running backs. With another 1,000-yard performance, Perkins would become the school's third all-time leading rusher behind Dixon and Jerious Norwood.
Perkins, who is listed at 5-feet-10 and 195 pounds, has proven durable despite a relatively small frame. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said he "never really had any doubt (Perkins) could be that every-down player for us," even when he was buried on the depth chart.