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Perkins and Sherrod’s Egg Bowl performances earn weekly league honors

Mississippi State tailback LaDarius Perkins

Mississippi State tailback LaDarius Perkins and offensive tackle Derek Sherrod has been honored by the Southeastern Conference as players of the week.

Perkins, a redshirt freshman, had a showcase performance with 140 receiving yards and 98 yards on the ground along with a pair of touchdowns in State’s 31-23 victory over Ole Miss Saturday. Perkins was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.

After the Greenville native got one carry last week against Arkansas, his career-high 319 all purpose yards was the second most in school history and the most since Nick Turner had 344 at Tennessee in 2003.

The speedster that didn’t play in last year’s Egg Bowl win had touchdown catches of 33 and 36 yards from Chris Relf to bust the game wide open before the Bulldogs headed into the locker room with a 21-9 advantage.

“This game showed what I can do in open space,” Perkins said. “It was a pretty big game for me. All you got to do, is be patience and wait for your time to come.”

Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod

Sherrod, who is a projected first round pick by numerous mock drafts, helped pave the way for the Bulldogs to amass 498 total yards, including 210 on the ground, in Mississippi State’s 31-23 victory at Ole Miss.

The senior from Columbus graded out at 92 percent with six knockdowns, his eighth 90 percent score of the season. Sherrod led an offensive line that cleared the way for the Bulldogs to average 215.8 rushing yards per game, ranking second in the SEC and 16th nationally.

Sherrod was named Offensive Lineman of the Week for the fourth time during the 2010 season as is being promoted by State officials as an All-American candidate.

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