The way Chris Perkins describes it, his job on the football field is not that exciting.
"My role on the team is to block," said Perkins, a 1997 La Plata High graduate and fullback who just finished his junior season at Frostburg State University. "That's what I'm supposed to do."
After that terse statement, Perkins is more inclined to talk about how excited he is to return to his alma mater over winter break to assist the wrestling team than he is to reflect on his play during the Bobcats' 8-3 season.
But Frostburg offensive coordinator Eric Day is glad to detail just what Perkins did on the field this fall.
"He absolutely destroyed linebackers this season," Day said. "When he's out there lead-blocking, he's just vicious--especially on his cut-back blocks. He was outstanding and was a big reason we accomplished what we did."
The Bobcats' season was highlighted by their 23-22 victory over rival Salisbury State at Baltimore's PSINet Stadium to clinch the conference title. Frostburg went on to lose to Carnegie Mellon, 28-10, in the Eastern Coastal Athletic Conference title game.
The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Perkins not only helped Frostburg have a successful season, he earned a spot on the all-Atlantic Central Football Conference first team. He ran the ball only 14 times for 79 yards and one touchdown, but he wasn't expected to move the football--he was expected to move opponents out of the way.
Perkins did just that, creating big holes for running backs DeNelle Hale (909 yards, eight TDs) and Craig Hopkins (632 yards, 12 TDs), both of whom were named to the ACFC second team.
"We really like to spread our offense and run the ball, and Chris has the ability to get outside and be the lead blocker," Day said. "We needed someone who can play with the level of violence it takes to take out anyone in the way. Chris is outstanding at doing that."
Perkins wasn't supposed to play offense when he came to Frostburg. He was a fullback and linebacker--as well as a wrestler--at La Plata and was recruited by Frostburg defensive coordinator Rubin Stevenson to play inside linebacker.
"I knew he was a quiet and a tough kid, I could see it on his face the first time I met him," Stevenson said. "But when he got here, he wasn't fast enough to play linebacker, but he was too good to not have on the field."
So just before his sophomore season, Perkins joined the offense.
"I like playing offense, because playing fullback lets me use my aggressiveness when I block people, and that's my biggest strength," said Perkins, 20.
When Perkins isn't preparing for football, he's in the classroom trying to follow in his father's footsteps.
His father, Butch, is a former state trooper, and Chris said he also would like to pursue a career in law enforcement. Perkins is majoring in justice studies and hopes to work for the Secret Service.
"It's a field I've always been interested in," said Perkins, who said he has a 3.1 grade-point average.
But for now, at home in La Plata, Perkins said his break will be much like any other college student's break.
"I want to hang out with my friends, catch up with my family and maybe get a job to catch up on expenses," said Perkins, noting that Division III schools are not allowed to grant athletic scholarships. "But I also want to be sure to relax."