UVA QB Perkins wins 2018 Dudley Award

SHORT PUM, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- On Wednesday night, Bryce Perkins added his name to a list that includes some of the best football players in UVA history.

The Touchdown Club of Richmond named Perkins the 2018 winner of the Dudley Award on Wednesday night. He's the ninth player from UVA to win the award -- named after Hall-of-Fame former UVA football player "Bullet" Bill Dudley, and given to the top Division I college football player in the state -- since its inception in 1990.

Perkins arrived at UVA from an Arizona junior college in January. By the end of the regular season in November, the junior had set new UVA single-season records for both yards of total offense (3,314) and total touchdowns (31). An All-ACC honorable mention selection, Perkins finished third in the league in passing efficiency (146.3) and completion percentage (63.8), tied for third in touchdown passes (22) and sixth in passing yards (2,472).

Perkins also ran for 842 yards, which ranks 10th in the ACC and second among league quarterbacks. His nine rushing touchdowns were tied for eighth in the conference, and matched running back Jordan Ellis for most on the Cavaliers.

Virginia Tech defensive lineman Ricky Walker and James Madison cornerback Jimmy Moreland were the other 2018 Dudley Award finalists.

Perkins follows inside linebacker Micah Kiser last year as UVA players to win the Dudley. Previous winners from UVA include quarterbacks Shawn Moore (1990) and Matt Blundin (1991), defensive end Mike Frederick (1994), tailback Tiki Barber (1996), safety Anthony Poindexter (1997), wide receiver Billy McMullen (2001) and defensive end Chris Long (2007).