Name: Bryce Perkins
Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Ratings: *** (.8550 in 247 Composite)
Virginia has officially signed the player that is most likely to be starting for the Hoos at QB next season in Bryce Perkins. He’s a junior college transfer from Arizona Western, and will be ready to play in 2018 thanks to the NCAA rules. Players who graduate from a two-year college after enrolling at a four-year institution (Perkins started his career at Arizona State before a neck injury derailed his career) do not need to sit out a year.
Perkins, along with future Wahoo Brennan Armstrong, helps set up the quarterback succession plan that Bronco Mendenhall has been eyeing since taking over the team in 2015. He’s got a solid frame (6-2, 215) that should do well under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Frank Wintrich, and he’s more mobile that Kurt Benkert. His passing isn’t where Benkert is, but he’s a formidable offensive player that should continue to develop in his game in the two seasons he will be in Charlottesville.
In an interview with the Daily Progress, Perkins discussed what the coaching staff had gone over with him as his role within the team:
They were telling the plan they had for the upcoming years, what kind of team they wanted and [where they want] their offense to go. They said they were looking for someone with my similar skillset. A dual-threat quarterback skillset to come and take control. Lead the team. Lead the offense.
Perkins made it clear the coaching staff told him he would have to compete for the starting job, however.
This is a great get by Coach Mendenhall and Coach Beck. He brings experience and is a good stop-gap as Mendenhall attempts to repair succession in the quarterback position. Get ready for some of this next year:
Welcome to Virginia, Bryce!