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Virginia’s Bryce Perkins’s hurdle makes ESPN’s No. 2 top play of college football

Just in case his athleticism was ever in doubt.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

In the Virginia Cavaliers’ dominant 27-3 win over the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, quarterback Bryce Perkins showed off his raw athleticism and playmaking ability as he hurdled over Louisville defenders on two separate plays.

It was enough to get ESPN’s nod for the No. 2 top play of college football in week four.

“That just juices everybody up,” junior cornerback Bryce Hall said, in describing Perkins’s play. “That dude’s a different breed. Any time you can electrify the whole stadium, that just makes it more alive, and when [the defense comes] on, we have more energy.”

“You can feel the energy shift when big plays happen,” Perkins said after the game. “Not just on mine. When the defense is playing great, when they get an interception or a fumble or a sack you can feel the energy on the sideline.”

Coach Bronco Mendenhall has long touted Perkins’s athleticism and ability to extend plays, but even he was surprised.