1. He doesn't beat the middle linebacker to the corner; he beats him to the
ground with a stiff arm, then breaks a long run.
2. Perkins shows vision and burst through the line. By the time the defensive
back turns his hips, Perkins has a 12 yard cushion. The middle linebacker was
blocked on the play and never does recover. The backside safety, never has a
chance to make up ground. The result of the play is a long touchdown run.
3. Shows good feet in getting the safety to miss, who had read run and was
sneaking into the box. Protects the ball, buries his head and pushes forward for
another five yards.
4. Maybe the best example of not needing blazing speed to break long runs.
Perkins shows great vision and acceleration through the line of scrimmage,
bounces it outside, but doesn't break free for a touchdown. Watching this play
makes me want to know who the left DE #93 is for Mill Creek. "Blazers"
don't get caught on that play.
But the flip side on that comment, is most "blazers" don't take it
up the middle to begin with to even have the opportunity to break a long gain.
5. Later in the game, and the safety wants no part of a power back, a little
feint to the left and Perkins breaks it for another big gain.
6. Busted play. But, I included it in his clips, because it shows how quickly
Perkins goes from Stop to Go once the ball hits his hands.
7. Contained up the middle. This play shows how well Perkins protects the
ball in short yardage situations.
8. Patience, vision, power... nice 10 yard gain up the gut.
9. Small gain, but I love how quickly he protects the play, steadies himself
for the blow, shakes off the defender, and gets a small gain out of what could
have been a disaster. This is one of my favorite plays. Coaches won't worry
about giving Perkins the ball when it matters most. He'll protect it.
10. Watch how quickly he hits full speed. Arm tackles in traffic aren't going
to stop him, and now I've GOT to know more on who #93 on defense is. (A little
research, and I'm guessing that #93 is Oklahoma State signee Ryan Robinson,
listed as #11 on Mill Creek's roster. He certainly looks capable of playing big
time college ball. Players with that size and speed (6-4/235) aren't always easy
to come by. A STEAL for the Cowboys. If it's not Robinson, I'd still like to
know who it is).
11. Toss out of the I-Formation, Perkins is at full speed in three steps. His
acceleration shocked the linebacker who took a bad angle. Another broken tackle,
another long run.
12. Power up the middle, two arms around the ball.
13. Another burst up the middle, that is saved a touchdown by the linebacker
hanging on for dear life.
14. Setting up the linebacker for a cutback and extra yards. Protect the
ball, and push forward for another four yards at first contact.
In summary, I believe it's quite possible to not have blazing speed AND be a
threat to break long runs. A 4.4 player that can't break a tackle isn't going to
break as many long runs as the 4.6 guy that can.
Perkins is going to break a lot of long runs in his career at Georgia Tech, and
he's going to be a rock solid short yardage back as well.
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