Hartford, Conn. - Devyn Perkins, a senior defensive lineman, has had an outstanding career with the Bantams. Perkins got his first of over 10 sacks in a 38-13 win at Williams, and steadily worked his way into the starting lineup in 2018 when he earned All-NESCAC First Team honors. A disruptive force, Perkins appears among the team leaders in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, forced fumble, and batted passes. In a 9-0 shutout at Wesleyan last fall, he was recognized in the media for recording 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Perkins is impressive on the gridiron, but that does not paint the full picture of the Brookline, Massachusetts native.
“Devyn Perkins is a young man that has grown up a lot in his four years at Trinity,” said Trinity Head Football Coach Jeff Devanney. “We are all very proud of the way he has embraced the opportunities that Trinity provides. He has been a good player on the field, but what has been most impressive are his accomplishments off the field. Whether it’s his high g.p.a., his experiences abroad and with internships, or his participation in many community projects, Devyn has set high goals for himself and has doggedly pursued them.”
Perkins has maintained one of the highest marks on his team as a double major in history and political science and plans to pursue law school after graduation. He has secured internships at places like the Cabot Corporation and the Connecticut Legislative Office Building that focused on the United States legal system and legislative process, but he also put his creative skills on display as a feature writer in Trinity Sports Communications Office.
“My experience interning in the legislature with Jason Rojas was amazing,” said Perkins. “I was able to write briefs, sit in on committee meetings, and interact with constituents. I have always been interested in politics, and this internship just brought it all to life.”
Perkins broadened his world perspective by immersing himself in another culture while studying abroad last spring in Barcelona, Spain. He also volunteers at a local Montessori School, and his hard work on and off the field has been recognized by his teammate.
“Devyn and I have been friends since the beginning of freshman year” says Josh Brito, Perkins’ classmate, close friend, and fellow defensive lineman. “I would say we get along very well because we were raised the same way, by a single mother with great qualities. Devyn’s character has definitely shown in and out of the classroom. We volunteer together at the Montessori and the kids enjoy his company. They look up to him. He is very social and one of the most hard-working kids I know. Most importantly, he is trustworthy. I can’t think of anyone else or would have my back like Devyn.”
Perkins has been an instrumental part of three consecutive NESCAC Championship teams at Trinity. He has made 73 tackles, 23.5 for losses, and 10.5 sacks. He has forced two fumbles, recovered three, and batted down six passes. The Bantams are 28-4 in his four seasons. It is safe to say that Perkins has enjoyed a solid football career.
“In high school, very few people cared about football as much as I did,” said Perkins. “At Trinity, everyone cares just as much as I do, and that has made my football career here so fulfilling.”
written by Julia Lee '21