Bryce Perkins was one of the “pillars of the program” as Bronco Mendenhall likes to say, of the 2019 UVA team that made it to the Orange Bowl and appeared in the ACC Championship game. I am not sure he can truly be replaced but Hoos the next guy up? We have four guys that it could be, I believe it will likely be Brennan Armstrong.
Brennan is a Sophomore, listed at 6’2, 220 pounds from Shelby, Ohio. He is the front runner for the starting job. In 2019, Brennan played a good portion of the William & Mary game, where he went 9-10 for 103 passing yards and addition to that he rushed three times yielding 13 yards. In his limited outing he was impressive. Brennan emerged onto the scene in 2018, when Bryce got a little banged up in the Louisville. I will never forget Brennan rumbling for a 34 yard run. The next time he got into a game that year was against Georgia Tech where he led the Hoos on one drive that resulted on a 56 yard passing touchdown to Joe Reed.
Even though Brennan Armstrong played in both the 2018 and 2019 season for the Hoos, he played so little in 2018 that he was able to still redshirt under the new rules.
RJ redshirted this past season and will still be classified as a freshman in the fall. RJ is listed at 5’8 and 190 pounds from Orlando. He did not play in any games in 2019, he was ranked a 3 star recruit by Rivals.com. In High School, he was a dual threat quarterback that threw 1,787 passing yards and rushed for 1,736 yards.
There are a lot of folks excited about RJ and I would not be surprised if we saw him get some playing time. Especially, since our offense is designed for a mobile QB
Ira is from South Bend, Indiana and will be enrolling in January but will be classified as a true freshman in the fall. Armstead is listed as 6’3 and 200 pounds . He was listed as a 2 star recruit by Rivals.com. It will be fun to see Armstead get some playing time in the spring game but I would not expect to play much in 2020.
Lindell has been in the program since 2018 and will be a rising junior. He is listed as 6-0 and 230 pounds. Since he has been in the program he has played in three games, throwing a total of 10 passes, completing three for a total of 38 yards.
Lindell is a pro-style quarterback in a system designed more for a mobile style quarterback. Of the four options, I do see Lindell as the least likely to get the job, mainly because he does not exactly fit our system.