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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Bryce Perkins, QB, University of Virginia

Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds recently sat down with Bryce Perkins the dual-threat quarterback from the University of Virginia

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Bryce Perkins
  • University of Virginia
  • QB
  • 6’3”
  • 210lbs.
  • Hometown: Queen Creek, AZ
  • Twitter: @3_ToDaNeck

2018 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2018 All-ACC Football Team Honorable Mention.
  • GP: 13
  • CMP-ATT: 225-349
  • CMP %: 64.47
  • Passing Yards: 2,680
  • YPC: 11.91
  • TDs: 25
  • Rushing Attempts: 212
  • Rushing Yards: 923
  • YPR: 4.35
  • TDs: 9
via GM6ix Productions (YouTube)

In the Spring of 2016, while at Arizona State, you suffered a broken neck during practice. How did that injury change your outlook on football?

The injury made me focus on the mental part of the game more. Since i was not able to compete physically i tried to stay sharp in the film room.

Was there ever a thought you wouldn’t play again?

Yeah at one point but I was just focusing on doing all the little steps so I could have the best chance to return.

Your older brother Paul was a star RB at UCLA and drafted in the 5th Round by the New York Giants in 2016. What was a competition like between the two of you growing up?

We were very competitive growing up. We loved seeing each other shine and always tried to one-up each other, more so me than him.

via ACC Digital Network (YouTube)

Who is running a faster 40-time today, you or Paul?

I’m not sure he ran a 4.52 at the combine and the laser is no joke so I have no idea really.

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

I am motivated by losing and trying to do anything to avoid it.

What defines success for you?

Success for me is when the outcome is a W. Winning solves everything and all the other stuff will fall into place.

via @3_ToDaNeck (Twitter)

What would your teammates say about the type of teammate you are?

A calm, fierce competitor.

What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?

Before every game, I never take the field without saying a prayer first.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

Bryce Hall, CB for UVA.

via @3_ToDaNeck (Twitter)

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Patrick Mahomes.

What is your team of choice on Madden​ ​, why?

I don’t play Madden really because it cheats, but see me in NCAA it’s  a different story.

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

I see what went wrong and why and how can i fix it so it never happens  again.

via Clif Brohn (YouTube)

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

I try to take different parts of different players and see what they are really good at and how I apply it to my game.

Knowing what you do now, what would you go back and tell yourself as a High-School Freshman?

I would tell myself to not get complacent and always work to sharpen your craft.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

Bodo’s Bagels; turkey, lettuce, bacon and cheese melted on plain.

via @PFF_College (Twitter)

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

“Dreaded Headed Monster.”

What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?

Country Roads.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

Lil Wayne because he is the king of the Rap game!

Forty-years from now, what do you want to be remembered for?

Being an upstanding man that treated people with respect.

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?

NFL teams should invest in me because I have no ceiling.

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