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DARRELL PERKINS, an experienced defensive-backs coach who has coached three conference title squads and a pair of New Years Six Bowl participants, has joined the Syracuse football program as an assistant coach. He will oversee the safeties and rovers in the Orange’s 3-3-5 scheme. Perkins most recently spent the 2022 season at UMass, where his unit ranked in the top-10 nationally in passing defense, allowing just 175 yards per game through the air. He has worked much of his career in the Northeast and DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) areas. Perkins served two stints, totaling seven years, at UConn as the defensive-backs coach; three years at Fordham, including a year as the co-defensive coordinator; one year at Maryland as the defensive-backs coach; and one season at Old Dominion, comprising his last 13 years of coaching. A 1990 graduate of Wyoming with a degree in business marketing, Perkins was a three-year letterwinner at running back for the Cowboys. His teams reached the Holiday Bowl in both 1987 and 1988 as a player. Current Syracuse Defensive Coordinator Rocky Long coached Perkins during his freshman season at Wyoming in 1985.              

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