David Perkins leaving Ohio State per Meyer; Toledo Blade confirms he was arrested in Bowling Green last weekend

The sophomore linebacker, who is perhaps most famous for laying the wood to Brutus Buckeye, is leaving the program, per Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Now, in a police report first surfaced by Tony Gerdeman of The O-Zone, it appears Perkins was arrested in Bowling Green, Ohio last weekend. The Toledo Blade has verified it was in fact the ex-OSU LB; we have the details.

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Ex-OSU LB Perkins expected to land at Illinois St

Former Ohio State linebacker David Perkins is expected to continue his career at Illinois State.


The Blade confirms Perkins arrested last weekend

After speculation yesterday evening that an individual fitting the hometown, birthday, name, and sharing the same facial features of ex-Ohio State linebacker David Perkins was arrested in Bowling Green, Ohio last weekend, the Toledo Blade has confirmed that it was in fact the ex-OSU linebacker who was taken in to the custody early last Saturday morning. It had been widely rumored that Perkins was considering transferring to play for Dave Clawson and the Bowling Green Falcons, but after the arrest, that option appears off the table.

Perkins is alleged to have broken into a car before being located by police while trying to enter a stranger's home at 2:45 a.m. the morning of Saturday, May 25, 2013. In the police report that the Blade obtained, Perkins was said to be intoxicated with "blood all over his hands and clothes" following large cuts to his wrist. When Perkins was asked by law enforcement what he was doing at the woman's house, Perkins stated "I called coach and he said to go to her house." After smashing the driver's side window of the car and getting in, the woman in the home (who owned the car) told the authorities she didn't know Perkins.

While it's tough to say what transpired given the account of the police report other than a young individual had had far too much to drink in a place he wasn't familiar, here's hoping Perkins bounces back, gets himself right, and is able to land on his feet. While he only recorded 6 official tackles in his time with the Buckeyes, he was a promising talent, and if he's able to get his act together, should be able to help the school willing to work to rehabilitate him.


Urban Meyer: Perkins "moving on" from team

After much speculation and rumors (including some third parties undermining the report first reported by Ohio State's 247Sports site, Bucknuts), Urban Meyer has confirmed that sophomore to be linebacker David Perkins is "moving on" from the football team. Per Buckeye Sports Bulletin's Marcus Hartman, Meyer added that there was "no animosity" in Perkins' decision to move on.

While the move leaves Ohio State a bit more shallow in the depth department, as previously discussed, Ryan Shazier, Curtis Grant, and Joshua Perry were the odds on favorites to win the three starting linebacking jobs in all likelihood anyways. With the likes of extremely talented incoming freshmen Mike Mitchell and Trey Johnson arriving on campus sooner rather than later as well, it's possible those repetitions would've grown even more limited.

Though Perkins will move on (and some have speculated that Urban Meyer's former program, Bowling Green, could be a natural landing point for South Bend, Indiana native), we'll at least always have this moment from Student Appreciation Day 2013:


Report: LB David Perkins to transfer

The sophomore linebacker who famously tackled Brutus Buckeye is reportedly on his way out of town.

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