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In his third season as an assistant coach at Indiana State under head coach Mike Sanford is Anthony Perkins. Perkins coaches the Sycamore defensive secondary.

 

In 2014, the Sycamores had a historic season that saw them finish with an 8-6 overall record and most importantly their first trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs since 1984 and their first postseason victory since 1983. 

 

Of Indiana State's eight victories in 2014, six were against nationally-ranked FCS opponents. The Sycamores also returned the Victory Bell to Terre Haute for the first time since 1987 when they earned a 27-20 victory in Muncie over FCS opponent Ball State on September 13. The Sycamores also earned a victory over Top 10 FCS opponent Northern Iowa and remained in the national polls a school record 10 consecutive weeks.

 

On defense, junior linebacker Connor Underwood was named a First Team All-MVFC performer and picked up First Team All-American honors from The Sports Network as well as Second Team All-American plaudits from the Associated Press. He finished the season with 94 total tackles, including new school records for quarterback sacks with 13.5 and tackles for loss with 25. He also now owns the school record for career quarterback sacks with 28.5 and is just two away from Kyle Mitchell’s standard for tackles for a loss with 52.5. Underwood finished 22nd in the MVFC for tackles per game with 6.7, third in sacks and second in tackles for a loss. His four fumbles forced led the team as well as the league.

 

In total, eight different Sycamores were named all-conference, three were listed as academic all-conference and three more were named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team.

 

When you dive deep into the Sycamores' 8-6 overall mark, Indiana State owned a FBS victory plus five other wins over nationally ranked foes. They had the nation’s toughest strength of schedule and the five wins over ranked teams were only bettered by FCS Championship Game foes North Dakota State and Illinois State.

 

Perkins tutored Mark Sewall in 2013 to a successful campaign which saw him net All-MVFC Honorable Mention and MVFC All-Academic Team plaudits. Sewall finished as the Sycamores' third-leading tackler with 87 total tackles, including five tackles for a loss. He paced the Sycamores with three interceptions and owned four pass breakups. He recovered one fumble and blocked a punt against Southern Illinois.

 

Sewall wrapped the season with three consecutive double digit tackle performances, including a career-high 18 total tackles versus the Salukis. He had a pair of tackles for a loss against Youngstown State and posted interceptions at South Dakota, at Missouri State and versus Western Illinois. Sewall ranked 11th in the league for total tackles and tied for 17th in passes defended. In MVFC contests only, Sewall ranked third with 9.2 tackles per contest and ranked tied for ninth in passes defended and tied for third in interceptions.

 

Perkins came to Indiana State from his alma mater, Colorado, where he spent the 2012 campaign as a technical intern with the Buffalo football program. He joined the CU football staff prior on August 1, 2012 while also still in training camp with the Denver Broncos of the NFL.

Perkins worked with the receivers, as well as having general overall duties with the entire offense.

 

He finished his career in 2011, where he was one of four team captains during his senior campaign. He saw action as a defensive back in 37 career games, making 27 starts.

 

Perkins concluded his career with 236 tackles (140 solo), which ranked 41st on CU's all-time tackle list. He saw action in nine games (all starts) as a senior, but suffered a high ankle sprain after playing just nine snaps against Oregon, and would miss the next four games. He worked hard to get back and returned for the win at Utah in the season finale, going out on a high note with a career-high 17 tackles (11 of which were solo).

 

The coaches presented him with the Eddie Crowder Leadership Award following the 2010 season, and he was the 2009 recipient of the Gold Group Commitment Team Award, which recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas. He was also the recipient of the Hale Irwin Team Award in 2009, presented to the most improved defensive back during spring drills. Perkins was the first player to commit in the 2007 recruiting class, doing so on April 24, 2006.

 

Perkins earned a bachelor's degree in Integrative Physiology in December 2010 and earned a second B.A. in History in December 2011.

 

He was born January 18, 1989, in Leonardtown, Md., and attended Community Christian School in Northglenn, Colo., for high school, but the school did not have a football team. Through a co-op program, he was a three-year letterman in football at Northglenn High School, where he had a host of honors as a senior, among which included being named first-team All-State (5A) by the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, and being named the Front Range League Player of the Year. He also lettered four times in basketball and four times in track.

 

Perkins is married to the former Janessa Nelson.

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