Shoulder injury sidelines Tech's Perkins

ATLANTA -- Charles Perkins got the start assignment in Georgia Tech's opener at Virginia Tech, giving hope that this might be a breakout season for the former Collins Hill all-state running back.

But Perkins gained just five yards on three carries in the Yellow Jackets' 20-17 overtime loss to the Hokies on Labor Day and is now likely out for the year with a shoulder injury.

Although Tech coach Paul Johnson has been non-committal on Perkins' status, the B-back required surgery that jeopardizes the rest of his redshirt sophomore season.

Perkins carried four times for 18 yards as a reserve in Tech's 59-3 rout of Presbyterian on Sept. 8, but didn't play in last Saturday's 56-20 victory over Virginia.

That left Perkins with 23 yards on seven carries for the season after he gained 95 yards on 28 carries and scored one touchdown in 12 games as a backup last year while a red-shirt freshman.

More was expected of the Lawrenceville resident when he signed with the Yellow Jackets in 2010. As a Collins Hill senior, he was rated No. 4 on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Fab 50 list and was ranked No. 34 among state prospects by Rivals.com.

Perkins' best game for Tech was against Duke last November, when he rushed 12 times for 45 yards. His lone TD came against Kansas last Kansas last September.