Auditions to become Arizona State’s starting quarterback in 2016 officially started Monday morning in Tempe as the Sun Devils went through their first of 15 spring workouts.
There is much to improve after a disappointing 6-7 season last fall and several storylines to watch but none bigger than who will replace Mike Bercovici behind center for Todd Graham and new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey.
Redshirt sophomore Manny Wilkins and a pair of redshirt freshmen, Bryce Perkins and Brady White, shared reps Monday. The trio will be joined by incoming heralded freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole this summer.
The ASU staff paints a clear picture of what they’re looking for from their future starter.
“Who takes the leadership role with the offense,” Lindsey told the assembled media Monday. “Who gets them lined up fast. Obviously, taking care of the ball is the number one thing.”
All three seemed pleased with their spring debuts but know this is just the beginning of a long battle to obtain the first-team keys to ASU’s offense.
Wilkins is the only one of the group with any live game experience. The duel-threat signal-caller saw limited action last year playing four games and rushing four times for 59 yards with a long of 26. He did not attempt a pass.