CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.– Virginia’s Quarterback Bryce Perkins and wide receiver Joe Reed have been honored by the Touchdown Club of Richmond. Perkins, the 2018 Dudley Award winner, repeats as the offensive back of the year, while Reed is the specialist of the year.
Perkins (Sr., Queen Creek, Ariz.) is No. 1 in the ACC and No. 13 in the nation with 3,636 total offense yards. He owns the top two total offense games in the ACC this season with a school record 490 at North Carolina and 475 against Virginia Tech. Perkins already broke his own UVA single-season record for total offense that he set last year. He needs 51 passing yards to become only the second Cavalier in program history to reach 3,000 in a season.
Reed (Sr., Charlotte Court House, Va.) is a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award and currently leads the nation with a 34.7 kick return average. He is the only player in the nation with 22 or fewer kick returns to go with 700+ kick return yards. The versatile Reed has 70 receptions and 627 receiving yards to go with six touchdown. He is the only player in the nation with 600+ receiving yards (627) and 600+ kick return yards (764).
Liberty’s Antonio Gandy-Golden (Offensive End), JMU’s Liam Fornadel (Offensive Lineman), JMU’s Ron’Dell Carter (Defensive Lineman), Virginia Tech’s Rayshard Ashby (Linebacker) and Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley (Defensive Back of the Year) were also honored.
Next week the finalists for the Dudley Award will be announced.
The Dudley/Lanier Award Banquet is open to the public and will be held Sunday, December 15, at the Hilton Richmond Hotel, 12042 West Broad Street, 6 p.m. Tickets cost $50.00 each and may be purchased by calling Ron Axselle at 804-310-0222, or by emailing email@example.com.
Also at this event, the Dudley Award and the Lanier Award will be presented to the top collegiate player in the state with the Dudley Award going to a NCAA Division I player and the Lanier Award presented to a player from a NCAA Division II, IIII, NAIA and IUSCAA college.
The Dudley Award is named for the late Bill Dudley, an NFL Hall of Famer who starred at Virginia while the Lanier Award is named for Willie Lanier, also an NFL Hall of Famer who graduated from Richmond’s Maggie Walker High School. The Touchdown Club of Richmond is a sports-social organization that serves to promote the best interests of the American game of football and sports in general, under the guidance of elected officers with the predominate purpose being to recognize worthy athletes for their accomplishments and to encourage them to continue their education and athletic careers.