Bryce Perkins Adjusts To Fence Defense From Virginia Foes

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Virginia has seven wins this season.
Bryce Perkins can make plays outside the pocket if defenses don’t contain him. ~ Mike Ingalls

Down the stretch this season, the Virginia football team’s opponents appeared to frequently make a strategy decision to deal with quarterback Bryce Perkins. The goal: keep him away from the edges and force him to run through inside gaps or force him to be a passer from the pocket.

Perkins said he noticed the tactic as teams like North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and the like tried to build a fence around him.

“You can definitely tell because it’s kind of like a barricade or wall right here and slowly creeps in,” Perkins said. “You can see guys are not really trying to make a move to cut them inside. You can definitely see it, but you try not to focus too much about it and just try to feel it with your eyes downfield.”

Starting with the UNC game on Oct. 27, the ‘hem him in’ approach seemed to become more pronounced. The results were mixed.

Against the Tar Heels, Perkins still put up 112 rushing yards with a touchdown but he also connected on three touchdown throws to help tally 217 passing yards. Against Pitt, Perkins had -7 yards rushing and threw for 205 yards with a TD. Against Georgia Tech, Perkins rushed for 73 yards and a score to go with 217 yards passing and another score in the air. Against Virginia Tech, he recorded 112 rushing yards and 259 passing yards with three touchdowns.

That adds up to 290 rushing yards and two touchdowns with 898