Arizona State offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey on ASU quarterback competition

A quarterback competition at Arizona State is a reality, but one that its coaching staff is in no hurry to resolve according to coordinator Chip Lindsey.

First-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey has only spent a matter of weeks working with his new players at Arizona State. He's going to make sure all three of his scholarship quarterbacks get an equal share of the reps through spring practice as he evaluates the position. 

As the Sun Devils look to sort through a truly open competition at the position for the first time since 2012, ASU head coach Todd Graham said he believes there won't be a starter named until well into August at the earliest. It may not even become solidified until after ASU's played a game or two.

Monday, third-year sophomore Manny Wilkins took the first rep of the day, but as ASU moved to its first skeleton 7-on-7 session, redshirt freshman Bryce Perkins got his turn with the first-team and in the initial 11-on-11 period, it was fellow redshirt freshman Brady White who had the opportunity. That's just how it's going to be in weeks to come according to Lindsey. 

"We rotate the guys," Lindsey said. "Each time we go to a team period the next guy goes and they just move in order. To be honest with you, once we set it they kind of do it themselves. Our [graduate assistant] makes sure. They're not going to cheat the reps or anything. It works out good. It's a rotation." 

Wilkins said following Monday's session that while the Sun Devils have a new coordinator following the departure of Mike Norvell to Memphis, things aren't really that different with the offense.

Lindsey is making sure of it. 

"Really I've tried not to adjust it at all," Lindsey said. "In the passing game I might have called it different in other places but it's really the same kind of stuff. At the same time, each play caller is different. There's some things I might call more than Mike did or whatever, it's just not really different other than I'm learning the terminology here now."


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