David Watford led the Cavaliers with 122 yards in the air, while Kevin Parks had 105 yards on the ground on Saturday.
PRONUNCIATION: peer man
WORTH NOTING: Outstanding all-purpose back, who was one of the most versatile players in the nation, especially as a senior in 2004 ... will do anything to help his team win ... in addition to playing tailback, he has also started at wide receiver against Syracuse his senior season ...also played on virtually every special teams unit during his career ... gave a glimpse of his versatility and explosiveness by returning the opening kickoff of his freshman season 61 yards against Wisconsin ... that was the first touch of his career ... compiled 1938 all-purpose yards as a senior, the second-highest total in school history and fourth in ACC history ... 4969 career all-purpose yards are second in UVa history, and eighth in ACC history ... ninth-leading rusher in Virginia history with 2394 yards ...his 1037 rushing yards in 2004 are 11th in school history ... had eight 100-yard games in his career, tied for 11th in Virginia history ...third in school history with 138 receptions and 11th with 1396 yards receiving ...both figures are running back records ...fifth in school history in punt return yards (600) and punt returns (61) ...his 314 punt return yards in 2004 were the most by a Cavalier since 1990 and are sixth all-time ...seventh in school history with 28 career touchdowns and 15th in scoring with 168 points ...his 93-yard kickoff return vs. North Carolina in 2004 is the seventh-longest in school history and the longest non-scoring return ... was the only player ranked in the ACC's top 10 in rushing (eighth) and receiving (seventh) in 2003 ... finished second in the nation in receptions by a running back as a junior with 63 ... that is the third-most receptions in a season in ACC history ... his 518 receiving yards in 2003 are second by a tailback/halfback in school history ... tied the all-time ACC record with 16 catches against Florida State in 2003, breaking the school record by five ... had 134 yards through the air in that game, a UVa running back record ...became the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since 1986 when he ran for a team-best 371 yards ... in 2001 he became the first player in school history to compile 200+ yards by rushing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns in one season ... 25 receptions in 2001 were second-most by a true freshman and the most by a true freshman running back in school history at the time (a record that has since been eclipsed).
CAREER HONORS: 2004--First-team All-ACC ... finalist for the Dudley Award as the most outstanding player in the state of Virginia ... first-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... ACC Specialist of the Week following UVa's game against Temple (Sept. 7) ... ACC Player of the Week by CollegeSportsReport.com following UVa's game against Duke (Oct. 25) ... received UVa's Joe Palumbo Award for self-sacrifice and enthusiasm ... received the Gretchen Savin MacIlwaine Football Scholarship from the Virginia Athletics Foundation.
2001--Second-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... All-ACC Freshman Team by The Sporting News ... received the Bill Dudley Award as UVa's Most Outstanding First-Year Player.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2004--Considered the most team's most outstanding player by head coach Al Groh ... in addition to being the starting tailback, he started one game at wide receiver (Syracuse) ... also played on the punt, punt return, kickoff return and kickoff coverage special teams units and had four tackles ...took over as the starting tailback for the Duke game and started the last six games there ...third in the ACC in rushing with an average of 86.4 ypg ...ranked 45th nationally in rushing ...just the 10th player in school history to rush for 1000 yards (1037) ... led the ACC with five 100-yard games (all in the last eight contests) ... his 223 yards vs. Duke was the second-highest total in the conference ...rushed for 256 yards in six games before being inserted into the starting line-up ...has rushed for 781 yards after, an average of 130.2 ypg ... led the ACC in all-purpose yards by a wide margin with an average of 161.5 ypg (almost 50 yards more than the next player) and ranked 11th nationally ... compiled three of the top-seven games in terms of all-purpose yards in the ACC ... led ACC running backs in receiving with 29 catches for 402 yards ... second in the ACC in total touchdowns (12) and third in rushing TDs (10) ... sixth in the conference in punt returns (11.2 avg) and 11th in scoring (6.0 ppg) ... the only player in the conference to score touchdowns via rushing, receiving and special team return ...got the season off to an electrifying start against Temple by taking a punt back 70 yards for a score, breaking at least half a dozen tackles along the way ...averaged 29.3 yards on three punt returns ... in addition, he gained 38 yards on the ground and caught two passes for 20 more yards ... had a spectacular weaving 93-yard kickoff return in the win over North Carolina, the longest non-scoring return in school history ... admitting he was out of gas near the end, he was dragged down at the 1-yard line ... Groh allowed him to benefit from his long return as he called his number for the TD plunge on the next play to close out UVa's scoring ... compiled 194 all-purpose yards, a career-high at the time ...in the Thursday night win over Clemson, he rushed for a game-high 104 yards (all but two in the second half), caught three passes for 48 yards and returned two punts for 15 yards ... had a "One for the Books" type of game against Duke in his first start of the season ...rushed for a career-high 223 yards on 38 attempts (both figures are one off the school record), while compiling a career-high 267 all-purpose yards, the third-highest total in the ACC this season ...a workhorse against the Blue Devils, he had one stretch in the first quarter when he carried 10 straight times and another in the third quarter with seven consecutive rushes ...also caught a team-leading three passes for 44 yards ... his outstanding running was on display against a tough Maryland defense when he rushed for 170 yards, the second-highest total of his career ...he added 27 yards on punt returns and 13 yards receiving for 210 all-purpose yards ... he kept his 100-yard streak alive vs. Miami with a team-leading 106 yards on the ground, while also leading the team in receiving with five catches for 48 yards ...paced the ground game again with 83 yards in an important road win at Georgia Tech ... caught three passes for 49 yards, tallied 156 all-purpose yards and scored on two short runs ...led the team in rushing for the fifth game in a row in the final regular season game against Virginia Tech ...rushed for 147 yards vs. a Hokie defense that allowed less than 115 yards on the ground ...scampered 78 yards on one carry for UVa's longest run in six years ...also made a leaping grab of a Marques Hagans pass in the end zone to score on a 32-yard play ...returned two kickoffs for 55 yards and compiled 250 all-purpose yards, the fourth-highest total in the ACC ...rushed for 52 yards and one touchdown on just nine carries vs. Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl ... also caught three passes for 21 yards and had a 21-yard kickoff return.
2003--Showed no ill effects from a knee injury suffered in 2002 ... worked hard in the offseason to get ready and it paid off ... second on the team with 643 yards rushing ...caught 63 passes, the most in UVa history by a running back, to rank second on the squad ...eighth in the ACC in rushing (49.5 ygp) and seventh in receiving (4.85 rpg), the only player in the league ranked in the top 10 in both ... seventh in the league in all-purpose yards (102.1 ypg) ...led the team in rushing on five occasions and receptions five times ... started the year slowly, but caught 55 passes in the last seven games ... had two games of at least 13 receptions, including a school-record 16 vs. Florida State ...dashed for 68 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry against Duke in his first game back after his injury ...led the team on the ground with 91 yards and a 5.4-yard average against South Carolina in the second game ... showed good speed by scooting 34 yards early in the second quarter to set up his own four-yard touchdown run on the next play ...broke off a 44-yard scamper vs. North Carolina on the way to a 94-yard effort against the Tar Heels ... hauled in a beautiful 33-yard over-the-shoulder catch in the third quarter ... led the team in rushing three consecutive games, starting with a modest 35 yards against Clemson ... scored on a one-yard plunge in the final minute to send the game into overtime ... led the team the next week vs. Florida State with 24 yards ... had his biggest impact in the passing game as he tied an ACC record with 16 receptions for 134 yards and a touchdown ... his 16 receptions are an ACC record for receptions by a running back and shattered the UVa single-game record by five, while the 134 receiving yards are a UVa running back record ... rushed for a season-high 138 yards to lead the offense in a Homecoming win over Troy State ... also led the team with eight catches for 51 yards ... displayed remarkable durability with a total of 40 touches (32 rushes, 8 receptions) in that game ... caught 13 passes, the second-highest total in school history, for 87 yards against N.C. State ... caught a team-high five passes for 31 yards and a touchdown against Maryland ... caught four passes for 68 yards in the regular-season finale against Virginia Tech ... got free down the sideline to pull in a brilliant throw from Matt Schaub to complete a 49-yard scoring play for what proved to be the winning touchdown in the win over the Hokies ... had a big game against Pittsburgh in the Continental Tire Bowl in his hometown, Charlotte ... led the team with 104 yards on the ground, including a 51-yard run, the team's longest of the year ...also caught a team-leading six passes for 32 yards.
2002--Was having a fine season as part of the tailback mix until he injured his knee against Penn State in the ninth game ...had surgery on the knee and missed the rest of the season ... started three of nine appearances ... second on the team with 343 yards rushing and four touchdowns rushing ... his 343 yards were 19th in the ACC ... caught 21 passes for 193 yards ... tied for fifth in receptions and sixth in receiving yards among ACC running backs ... rushed for 54 yards on just nine carries and scored twice in the season opener against Colorado State ... also led the team in receiving with four catches for 60 yards ... led the team in rushing with 58 yards against South Carolina ...gained a season-high 81 yards on the ground in a win over Akron ...his 62-yard run in that game was the team's longest of the season ... injured his hand during practice prior to the Wake Forest game and did not play ...came back the next week vs. Duke with a cast on his hand ... still managed to play a big role in a tight game ...scored on a two-yard plunge late in the game that was the difference in the 27-22 win ... also caught a 33-yard pass, his longest of the season, on third down to move the team downfield on the drive that produced the winning touchdown ...paced the ground game with 49 yards against Clemson and followed with 80 yards and a score against North Carolina ... caught a season-high seven passes for 43 yards against Georgia Tech.
2001--Impact player as a true freshman ... dangerous rusher, receiver and return man ... played in all 12 games and started six at tailback ... led team in rushing (371 yards) and all-purpose yards (1,167 yards) ... paced team with a 9.1-yard punt return average ... also averaged 20.5 yards per kickoff return ... four touchdowns tied for second on the team ... saw his role on offense expand throughout the season ... started the season as the team's primary kickoff and punt return man ... took the opening kickoff back 61 yards vs. Wisconsin to set up a field goal ... returned three kickoffs against the Badgers for an average of 34.3 yards per return ... also averaged 10.3 yards on three punt returns with a long return of 16 yards ... in addition to his return duties, he also saw action at wide receiver in that game, but didn't catch a pass ... moved back to tailback the following week against Richmond due to the injury to Antwoine Womack ...rushed three times (two yards), caught two passes for 18 yards, averaged 9.3 yards on four punt returns and averaged 11.0 yards on two kickoffs vs. the Spiders ... rushed eight times for 54 yards against Duke in his first extended action at tailback ... also caught two passes for 30 yards and returned five punts for an 11.8-yard average ... made his first start vs. North Carolina and compiled a season-high 159 all-purpose yards ... gained 65 yards rushing, caught a season-best five passes for 55 yards, and returned two kickoffs for a 19.5-yard average vs. the Tar Heels ... caught five passes for 40 yards, while rushing for 27 yards, against Florida State ... scored his first touchdown on a 19-yard pass play from Matt Schaub in that game ... gained 50 yards rushing on 20 attempts vs. N.C. State ... became the first Cavalier to reach the century mark when he rushed for 108 yards against Wake Forest ... also caught two passes for 19 yards and a touchdown and averaged 11.0 yards on two punt returns ...perhaps his most spectacular play occurred on his fourth quarter touchdown when he took a short pass from Bryson Spinner and broke several tackles as he fought to reach the end zone ... caught four passes for 49 yards in the win over Georgia Tech ... scored the winning touchdown after taking a lateral from Billy McMullen on a "hook and ladder" and racing 27 yards into the end zone with 22 seconds remaining ... caught three passes for 59 yards, including a season-long 35-yard catch, vs. Virginia Tech ... rushed eight times for 40 yards and returned four punts for 38 yards against Penn State ... scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a 16-yard run late in the third quarter.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year starter at tailback for head coach Bob Witman at Charlotte Country Day ... also played defensive back ... North Carolina Independent School Association Player of the Year as a junior and senior ... two-time NCISAA All-State and All-Conference selection ... twice named first-team All-Mecklenburg County at running back ... named Mecklenburg County Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-County honors at defensive back as a senior ... two-time team MVP ... team captain as a senior ... led Charlotte Country Day to the finals of the independent school state championships ... leading rusher in Mecklenburg County his junior and senior seasons ... established Charlotte-area career records with 5,316 yards rushing and 80 touchdowns ... totaled 7,491 career all-purpose yards ... rushed for 2,148 yards and scored 28 touchdowns as a senior ... as a junior, he rushed for 2,027 yards and 23 touchdowns ... had eight interceptions and 52 tackles on defense during his senior season ... registered 73 tackles as a junior ... also a member of the track team ... state champion in the 100 and 200 meters ... served as captain of the indoor track team for two years and outdoor track team as a senior.
PERSONAL: Francis Alvin Pearman II ... born 8-10-82 in Princeton, N.J. ... son of Alvin and Aidee Pearman ... has two older sisters--Akisha, and Ayana, and a younger sister, Ananda ... also has a younger brother, Andrew ... his father played football at Colgate University and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts, while his brother is also a college football player ... received his degree in sports medicine in December 2004, a semester early.