Florida’s Perine shines at Senior Bowl

South running back Lamical Perine of Florida (2) carries the ball during the first half of the Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

MOBILE, Ala. — Florida standout Lamical Perine followed up his MVP performance in the Orange Bowl last month with a standout outing Saturday in the Senior Bowl.

Perine scored the first touchdown of the game to lead a group of former Gators at the  annual bowl. Perine found the end zone on a 16-yard pass from Justin Herbert, and used a diving-lunge to clear the goal line to give the South team the early 7-0 lead. He finished with two receptions for 17 yards and added 42 yards on the ground on seven carries.

The North, however, ended up winning the contest, 34-17, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

While Herbert was the game MVP, Perine was named South player of the game. Perine is from Mobile and played for Theodore High School. He said he had more than 40 people at the game.

“A lot of Perine chants and Gator chomps out there,” Perine said. “That made me feel good.”

Joining Perine on the offensive end for the Gators, Van Jefferson caught two passes for 11 yards and returned a kick 34 yards.

Tyrie Cleveland, Jonathan Greenard and Zabari Zuniga also participated all week for the South team. Defensive statistics were not available.