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Bryce Perkins for Heisman?

Virginia’s electric QB put up amazing numbers last season

Belk Bowl - South Carolina v Virginia Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

With the start of college football season only a couple months away, preseason rankings and Heisman watch lists are starting to appear. One name that could appear on those lists is UVA’s electric quarterback, Bryce Perkins. A Virginia football player for Heisman? Sounds crazy, but hear me out.

Last season the Cavalier signal caller threw for 2,680 yards and 25 touchdowns with only nine interceptions. The multi-dimensional Perkins also ran for 923 yards and nine touchdowns. Those numbers put him in some elite company in recent years. Here are the other Power Five conferences QB’s to have at least 2,500 passing yards, 25 passing TD’s and 900 rushing yards in a season since 2000:

  • Kyler Murray
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Deshaun Watson
  • JT Barrett
  • Dak Prescott
  • Johnny Manziel
  • Cam Newton
  • Vince Young

Half of those QB’s won the Heisman. The other four received Heisman votes. Looking at just last season, Perkins and Kyler Murray were the only two quarterbacks that threw for at least 2,500 yards and ran for over 800. Murray was the NFL #1 overall draft pick to go along with the Heisman winner.

Plenty of top college quarterbacks air it out more than UVA and accumulate more gaudy passing stats, so you need to combine passing and rushing for an apt comparison. There are only three Power Five conferences QB’s returning this season that accounted for at least 30 TDs and 3,500 yards last season:

  • Tua Tagovailoa
  • Sam Ehlinger
  • Bryce Perkins

Tagovailoa and Ehlinger play for Alabama and Texas, respectively, so they garner more national attention, but we can change that Wahoo Nation! Perkins has another year in the system, a healthy finger, and a favorable schedule. No UVA player has been a Heisman finalist since Shawn Moore in 1990 and Chris Long was the last one to receive any votes. That could change this year.