October 5, 2007

Perkins plays through physical pain

Huskies place kicker Ryan Perkins is a bright stop in an otherwise struggling Washington special teams unit. He is three of five in field goals, having made all of his attempts within 40 yards. He's also nailed all eighteen of his extra point attempts.

Perkins began his career with the Huskies in 2005, he didn't get any playing time that first season. In the 2006 spring game Perkins injured his right knee and was unable to participate in the rest of the season.

This year Perkins is well enough to be a starter on the teams roster. His knee isn't totally better though, as he told us.

"Not really, clinically it's not. I'm about ten months into an eighteen month rehab program. I'm fortunate enough to be kicking right now, but other than that I'm fighting arthritis and chronic swelling and overall just a lot of pain in my knee," Perkins said.

Perkins was heralded in high school as a player with the rare ability to kick with either leg.

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