UVa quarterback Bryce Perkins says he knows he has to be even better this year if the Cavaliers are going to take the next step.

Perkins led the 'Hoos to a Belk Bowl win last year in his first season at Virginia, but the 'Hoos came up short of their goals of winning the ACC Coastal Division and beating rival Virginia Tech.

Perkins and the 'Hoos are the preseason favorite to win the Coastal this year and Perkins is starting the season on the Watch List for multiple national awards including the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the top college quarterback in the country.

Perkins says he's obsessed with becoming the best he can be and says he's worked hard this offseason, particularly on his passing.   He says he thinks it will pay off.

"I definitely worked on seeing the field more and understanding pre and post snap reads at a higher level so I can be quick and decisive with my delivery," says Perkins.  "Who to go to and when to go to it. I think I'm seeing the field better. I think delivering the ball to the receivers in a timely fashion will be better."

Receiver Terrell Jana says about Perkins, "I think just being a second-year and being more comfortable in the offense and having a little more autonomy and control of what could happen, audibles that kind of stuff. He seems more at home back there now. I think he's in a very good place."

UVa coach Bronco Mendenhall says Perkins now appears to have a better command and of the offense

"Ultimately though we know it's a results-based business and the great quarterbacks wins championships," says Mendenhall.  "So outcome is going to really determine how he's grown. Making the critical play at the critical time in a critical game. That's what the best guys do."