TMG Newsmaker of The Week: Bryce Perkins

Virginia QB Bryce Perkins has made UVA an ACC Division contender

To say that Bryce Perkins' college football career has followed a meandering path would be a vast understatement.

The highly-recruited quarterback from Chandler, Arizona came out of high school after leading his team to its first state championship since 1949 with a senior season which produced 46 TD passes and a career which included more than 6,600 yards in offense.

That got him to Arizona State, where he red-shirted his freshman year.

But in his sophomore season, Perkins suffered a broken neck in practice, an injury which, not surprisingly, was labeled "career-threatening.

But for Perkins, whose father Bruce, brother Paul and uncle Don all played in the NFL, it was only a road block.

Perkins had to change venues, resuming his career at Arizona Western Junior College, where he regained his skills enough to bring him to Virginia last season as a transfer.

All he did was earn the starting job and then set a school record in total offense (3,603 yards) and TDs (34).

He also led the Cavs to an 8-5 record, which set up this season, where Virginia was labeled as a pre-season favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division title.

Three games into the season, UVA has lived up to expectations, posting a 3-0 record, which included a come-from behind 31-24 win over Florida State last Saturday.

FSU is not what it once was, but with the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, the Seminoles held 24-23 lead.

Then Perkins did what he has done since arriving in Charlottesville. He took over, leading the Cavs on a 72 yard scoring drive in six plays, which included running for a two-point conversion to give UVA a 7 point, instead of 6 point lead.

Overall, his game stats were not eye-opening (30 of 40 for 295 yards and 1 TD), but as a starter Perkins is 11-5 at UVA.

""How do you stop him"'' said UVA coach Bronco Mendenhall, who has built the Cavs from a 2-10 program when he arrived to 6 wins, then 8 wins last season and a 3-0 start this year, the Cavs best start since 2005. "We're not growing as a program without him.''

For all of that and for the come back against FSU, Bryce Perkins is TMG's Newsmaker of The Week.

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