(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.)By DAVID BRANDTAP Sports Writer
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - First there was Anthony Dixon. Then there was Vick Ballard.
While both are now in the NFL, the string of great Mississippi State running backs continues.
The latest is LaDarius Perkins, who is putting up big numbers for the No. 13 Bulldogs (7-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) as they prepare to face No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0) on Saturday.
There are bigger names in the conference - South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore, Alabama's Eddie Lacy and Texas A&M's do-everything quarterback Johnny Manziel - but it's the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Perkins who leads the SEC with 103.4 rushing yards per game. He's also fourth in the league with eight touchdowns.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said Perkins has deceptive strength, and learned how to handle the increased load by watching Dixon and Ballard.
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