July 12, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
Stephen F. Austin junior linebacker Damian Perkins has been named a Lindy's Magazine 2007 FCS Preseason Second-Team All-America. The Hallsville, Texas, product receives the preseason honor following his first year on the 'Jacks' defensive unit.
Perkins led the Southland Conference with 92 tackles, and was among the league leaders with 11.5 tackles for losses and three sacks in 2006. All of this coming during a rookie year, of sorts, for Perkins. One of the team's leading rushers in 2005, Perkins was switched to linebacker prior to his sophomore season due to the team's depth in the backfield.
Perkins had a breakout game against Arizona where he was involved on 23 stops and picked off a pass in the team's near upset of the Wildcats. He was named SLC Defensive Player of the Week and a I-AA Weekly All-Star for his performance. Perkins wrapped up his sophomore campaign by earning second-team All-Southland Conference honors.