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Arizona State redshirt sophomore QB Manny Wilkins worked with the first-team offense during ASU's walk-through for the season-opener.

Wilkins hasn't officially been named the starter over highly-lauded recruit Brady White, but for all intents and purposes, HC Todd Graham has shown his hand. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Wilkins was a four-star recruit, himself, for the 2014 cycle. He brings a dual-threat aspect to the table that White (who is more of a pure passer) does not. Wilkins isn't taking his job for granted, though, saying, "The way we both look at it is, whoever goes out there and starts, the other guy is one play away."
Aug 24 - 12:32 PM

The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller relays that redshirt freshman QB Brady White and sophomore Manny Wilkins "appear to be sharing first-team reps [in camp]."

Haller notes that Sun Devils HC Todd Graham has "tightened media viewing periods," making it at least somewhat difficult to parse where the competition actually stands. Graham said that the biggest factor in his decision between White and Wilkins will be based in large part on which gunslinger is more capable of avoiding turnovers. Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports wrote earlier this offseason that White is "very accurate and smart." Wilkins is more of a dual-threat option. It is possible that Graham rolls with a committee to start the season.
Aug 20 - 4:31 PM

Arizona State junior RB Demario Richard (leg) returned to practice earlier this week.

Richard was sporting crutches about a week ago due to either a leg or foot injury, but HC Todd Graham referred to it as a minor injury at the time and the 5-foot-10, 220-pound back was able to make it back into the practice fold in relative short order. Richard and the fast-as-lightning Kallen Ballage make up one of the tighter running back duos in the Pac-12.
Aug 17 - 2:00 PM

Arizona State junior RB Demario Richard was using crutches following an undisclosed injury.

Before Sun Devil fans start to get too nervous about Richard's status moving forward, HC Todd Graham told reporters that the unknown ailment is "nothing major." No timetable as to how long it will take the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder to return to the practice field, but if this is just a minor blow, he should be back on his feet soon enough. Last season, Richard rushed for 1,104 yards (5.3 YPC) while chipping in with 31 catches for 303 yards. Between rushing and receiving, he accounted for 10 total touchdowns.
Aug 10 - 12:08 PM

Texas sophomore WR Ryan Newsome transferred to Arizona State.

Michigan State was also in play for Newsome's transfer, but a marriage between the 5-foot-8, 166-pounder and the Spartans just wasn't to be. Now joining the Sun Devils, Newsome will reunite with OC Jay Norvall, who initially recruited him to the Longhorns during his stint as WR coach. Norvall took over the same position at Arizona State back in February. Last season, Newsome's offensive contributions with Texas were limited (five catches for 28 yards, six kick returns for 110), but he should have opportunities to see the field in 2017. He will sit out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Jul 30 - 4:14 PM

Arizona State senior WR Tim White indicated that he is not discouraged by low preseason expectations.

"Everybody is hungry, everybody wants a bite of their own and we are going to take that and run with it," White said in a radio interview on Arizona Sports 97.8 FM. The Sun Devils were largely ignored in the Pac-12 media's preseason poll, receiving not-a-one first-place vote for the South Division. Indeed, they were picked to finish fifth there. If they are to surprise in 2016, White figures to be a key cog in the machine. Last season, he did a little bit of everything, catching 57 passes for 633 yards and eight touchdowns, rushing twice for a meaty 69 yards and returning 36 kickoffs for 972 yards (27 YPR) and a touchdown. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder believes he will be able to showcase an even more well-rounded game this coming season, noting that he "gained a lot of experience" and is a more patient player in his route-running, now.
Jul 27 - 1:10 PM

Transferring Texas freshman WR Ryan Newsome is deciding between Michigan State and Arizona State.

No such luck for Alabama, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC. Those four squads made Newsome's initial top-six transfer considerations, but he axed them out of the proceedings via a Twitter post this weekend. A former three-star recruit, the 5-foot-8, 166-pounder hauled in five passes for 28 yards in 2015. He also returned six kicks for 110 yards.
Jul 26 - 2:06 PM

Texas freshman WR Ryan Newsome will transfer.

No word as to where Newsome might be looking to land, but he was choosing between UCLA and Texas during the 2015 cycle. Rivals graded him as a three-star recruit out of high school, tagging the 5-foot-8, 166-pounder as the No. 47 wide receiver in the country for 2015. Last season, he played on both offense and special teams, making five catches for 28 yards while returning six kicks for 110 yards (18.3 YPR). He is the cousin of Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome.
Jul 18 - 12:27 PM

Oklahoma State three-star 2017 S Ty Thomas flipped his commitment to Arizona State.

"I think systematically, I am just a better fit in [the ASU] program," Thomas explained. "They run a defense that better matches my style of play." The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder indicated that the "bandit" role on Arizona State intrigues him. He is on track to be an early-enrollee with the Sun Devils.
Jun 24 - 1:45 PM

A Pac-12 offensive coach believes the conference caught up to Arizona State's defensive concepts last year.

Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham is a big proponent of pressure. In 2015, his Devils led the league with 46 sacks, but they also led the entire Power 5 with 88 20-plus yard plays surrendered. "I think people are starting to figure them out," the coach said. "All it takes is one coordinator to see something and make a change. Then another one notices what the change was and then another and then another. Before you know it, the entire league has figured you out and you have to start over." A different Pac-12 offensive coach was asked about facing the aggressive style. "It depends on which day you get them. We've played them and they've sacked us a bunch and won," he said. "Another time we were able to hit big plays on them. When they have the right personnel, it can be completely destructive. But when they don't, there are holes."
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 6:28 PM

An anonymous Pac-12 head coach told ESPN that he wouldn't be surprised if Arizona State goes with a committee at quarterback.

"We looked at all of those guys, and they are a pretty diverse group," he said. "You've got different guys with different skill sets -- pocket passers [Brady White and Dillon Sterling-Cole] and mobile guys [Bryce Perkins and Manny Wilkins]. I wouldn't be surprised to see them use different packages for different guys." The Sun Devils' offense slumped last season, with fewer points per game and more turnovers. FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman recently predicted that the redshirt freshman White will win the gig. "White's very accurate and smart," Feldman wrote. "I could see him winning that job and putting up some nice numbers there."
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 7:08 PM

ESPN's David Lombardi noted that Arizona State redshirt senior WR Cameron Smith (knee) could play a pivotal role in replacing departing talent.

With both D.J. Foster and Devin Lucien out the door, there should be ample opportunity for Smith (along with Tim White) to make strong contributions in 2016. His potential is intriguing. He missed the entirety of the 2015 campaign due to knee surgery, but as a redshirt sophomore in 2014, he recorded 41 catches for 596 yards and six touchdowns. The coaching staff believes that he has recovered fully from the surgery.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 5:40 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman says Arizona State redshirt freshman QB Brady White "has a decent shot to emerge as The Guy at ASU."

When he signed in the 2015 cycle, White became the highest-rated ASU quarterback signee of the modern recruiting evaluation service era. A consensus four-star recruit and top-10 quarterback prospect, Rivals ranked White as the No. 54 overall recruit in the country. "White's very accurate and smart," Feldman wrote. "I could see him winning that job and putting up some nice numbers there."
Source: FOX Sports
Jun 14 - 8:18 PM

Earlier this week, Arizona State senior WR Tim White advanced to the outdoor national championships in the triple jump by recording a 53'11" leap.

White is a sensational athlete who led the Sun Devils in all-purpose yards with 132.9 yards per game last year. ASU HC Todd Graham has praised White in conversations with his buddy Bill Belichick. Belicheck, and presumably the rest of the NFL, know of White as the "triple jump guy" at the moment. A breakout season will send him surging up draft boards.
Source: AZ Central
Jun 10 - 4:56 PM

ASU HC Todd Graham said he talked up Arizona State senior WR Tim White to his friend Bill Belichick.

Belicheck, as is his wont, already knew who White was, asking Graham, "Is that the triple jump guy?" White's athleticism has led to stardom in track and football both. "He's a big-time player, and when he gets his hands on the ball, he can make something big happen," WR coach Jay Norvell said. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound receiver caught 57 passes for 833 yards and eight touchdowns during his first season at Arizona State after transferring over from a JUCO. White ended up leading the Sun Devils in all-purpose yards (132.9 per game) and also finished No. 14 in the FBS with a 27-yard kickoff return average. "He's got great in-and-out quickness and the ability to separate," Norvell said. "It's just trying to show him how he can attack space, attack defenders and use all of his athletic ability to the maximum."
Source: AZCentral
Jun 10 - 1:32 PM


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