LSU’s Harold Perkins Jr has one career game against Arkansas; Brian Kelly invokes ‘Jordan Flu Game’ but there’s a twist

LSU linebacker Harold Perkins Jr. put on a phenomenal game against Arkansas on Saturday.

The freshman had eight total tackles with four sacks and two forced fumbles in the 13-10 victory as the No. 7 Tigers avoided an upset and looked set to step it up a notch in the next round of the AP Top 25 and College Football Playoff rankings.

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LSU Tigers head coach Brian Kelly before the Razorbacks game on November 12, 2022 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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LSU coach Brian Kelly revealed Perkins wasn’t feeling well at the start of the game. He described Perkins’ performance as the linebacker’s “Jordan Flu Game” in which Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan played through an illness in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz en route to the the team’s fifth NBA title.

And with the story, came a shocking revelation.

“I said, ‘Hey, you know, MJ threw up when he had his biggest game,'” Kelly told Perkins, via ESPN.

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Razorbacks running back AJ Green, right, evades LSU Tigers linebacker Harold Perkins Jr., left, Nov. 12, 2022, in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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“[Perkins] said, ‘Who is MJ?’ “

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Arkansas played without quarterback KJ Jefferson. The Razorbacks quarterback suffered a shoulder injury and Cade Fortin was thrust into the role. Fortin was 8 of 13 with 92 yards and a score. Arkansas couldn’t break through the defense enough to get past the Tigers.

Malik Hornsby of Arkansas is tackled by Harold Perkins Jr. of the LSU Tigers at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on November 12, 2022 in Fayetteville.
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“He doesn’t seem to be having a lot of success right now,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said. “And part of that is they have to respect that the quarterback is going to shoot the ball and throw it and if they don’t, you’re in trouble.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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