Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Soul bring back LB Perkins

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Soul and the Arena Football League announce that linebacker Brandon Perkins will return to the team’s roster in 2013.  The former Kansas Jayhawk, who is entering his third season with the Soul, agreed to a two-year contract.

The six-year veteran played in 11 games with the Soul last season and had 18.0 total tackles, was No. 2 on the team in tackles for loss (8.0) and No. 3 on the team in sacks (4.0).

“Brandon is a ‘cornerstone-type’ player that we can build around,” said Soul general manager Tom Goodhines.  “He is one of the best ‘mack’ linebackers in the game and has the unique ability to make his teammates better by creating opportunities through the way he plays the game.  He is the type of player an organization is proud to have – both on and off the field.”

Prior to playing with the Soul, the former Kansas Jayhawk played one season with the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (2010) and registered 14.5 total tackles, two and a half sacks, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.  Prior to playing in Oklahoma City, Perkins played two seasons with the Los Angeles Avengers (2007-08).  His best season came in 2008 with the Avengers where he recorded a career-high with 52.0 total tackles, adding five sacks, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

As an AFL rookie in 2007, he was a mainstay for the Avengers at the “mack” linebacker spot.  Perkins finished the year with 31.0 total tackles and one interception.  Perkins also saw some action on offense as a receiver in the “jumbo” package the Avengers used periodically near the goal line

One of the best pass rushers in school history, Perkins played in 46 games for the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kan.).  He finished his collegiate career with a total of 20.0 quarterback sacks, tying him for No. 3 on Kansas’ all-time chart.  As a senior in 2005, Perkins set a Jayhawk single-game record with five sacks versus Louisiana Tech.

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