Bryce Perkins fought tonsillitis while preparing for Virginia Tech

Bryce Perkins fought tonsillitis while preparing for Virginia Tech

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Having to find a way to beat a team that had beaten Virginia 15-straight times was a daunting enough task for UVA starting quarterback Bryce Perkins. But before he could worry about the Hokies, Perkins first had to worry about his own tonsils.

Against Liberty -- a game in which Perkins threw for 199 yards, rushed for 30 more and scored three total touchdowns -- Perkins was dealing with tonsillitis. It was severe enough to force the quarterback into the hospital overnight.

"I was getting tea on the sideline," Perkins said. "After the game, I went to the hospital and slept overnight because they were trying to work and put some antibiotics in me. And Monday, I went back to the doctor because my tonsils were really swollen, I couldn't talk and they had to drain my tonsils and really get in there."

Perkins said the doctors had to drain puss from his tonsils.

So with Virginia's in-state rival preparing to come to Scott Stadium, Perkins, Virginia's top playmaker, missed the first day of preparation.

"It was a rough first day of the week because man, I missed practice on Monday and had to come back on Tuesday still kind of feeling sick," he said.

When you lose 15-straight to a rival, the rivalry itself can mentally become harder to overcome than the actual opponent. It would have been very easy for Perkins to get down and think, "Oh man, here we go again." Instead, he fought through it.

Perkins credited Virginia's medical staff for helping him to recover so quickly.

"The sports medicine team, the doctors and everybody in this facility, they were working overnight and overtime just to get me back on my feet so shoutout to them and the great work they do and did because without them I probably wouldn't have been able to feel as better and as fast as I was," Perkins said.

There seemed to be no lingering effects on Saturday as Perkins threw for 311 yards, rushed for 164 and scored three total touchdowns to lead the Cavaliers to its first Commonwealth Cup since 2003 and its first ever Coastal Division crown.

For many, seeing puss drained out of your own tonsils would have been enough to put you out of commissions for a few days, but not for Perkins. Not even tonsillitis was going to keep him from getting to Virginia Tech.

"Ain't no chance," Perkins said. "As long as I could walk, I was going to play."


Former Maryland DL Mojo Rawley tells Mike Locksley how the Gronkowski brothers got him into WWE

Former Maryland DL Mojo Rawley tells Mike Locksley how the Gronkowski brothers got him into WWE

With Wrestlemania 36 underway this weekend, Maryland football coach Mike Locksley sat down on Instagram Live with former Terps defensive lineman and current WWE superstar Mojo Rawley to talk about his new career path. 

Rawley's real name is Dean Muhtadi, and he played for the Terps in for two years as a Division III transfer. He finished third on team in sacks that season and despite going undrafted in 2009, found his way to an NFL camp with the Packers. 

Muhtadi spent 2009 with Green Bay and 2010 with the Cardinals before suffering an injury that landed him on injured reserve. It was then where Muhtadi found a new career path thanks to two of his best friends. 

"Dan Gronkowski and Chris Gronkowski played with me at Maryland, two of my closest friends," Rawley said on "Late Night With Locks". "Their dad was one of our coach's roommates in the WWE, so it seemed like a natural fit. We were watching together, and I kinda made a comment like, 'this would be awesome if I could be one of [the wrestlers]. Mr. Gronk made the call and the rest was history."

Rawley has been a WWE superstar and currently stands as Rob Gronkowski's hype man. The former Patriots tight end is WWE's most recent signee and is Wrestlemania 36's host.


VCU forward Marcus Santos-Silva declares for 2020 NBA Draft

VCU forward Marcus Santos-Silva declares for 2020 NBA Draft

In this time of mass quarantining, live sports have come to a standstill across the country, but that hasn’t stopped college basketball’s offseason from churning along.

Players across the nation are deciding where they want to play next season, and the latest impactful player to take a step toward next year is VCU’s Marcus Santos-Silva.

The junior forward announced on his Instagram his intentions to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

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It’s not yet clear how limited the NBA’s draft preparation will be as a result of COVID-19, but Santos-Silva does mention in his announcement that he will be maintaining his college eligibility in case he decides to return for his senior season.

Santos-Silva came off the bench his freshman season, but has started all 64 games in the last two years for VCU. As a junior, he averaged 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in 27.2 minutes.

He does all of his damage close to the rim, as he has yet to attempt a three-point shot in his college career.