Jackson Perkins earned praise from Navy defensive coaches last August for his performance during preseason training camp.
Perkins stepped up to the point he was part of the defensive end rotation for the season opener at Hawaii. The 6-foot-6, 257-pound sophomore was credited with a tackle during his varsity debut.
However, Perkins was displeased with himself for not taking an opportunity to level Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald.
“I had a free shot at the quarterback against Hawaii, but I let up because it was my first varsity game and I didn’t want to get a penalty,” Perkins said.