Bryce Perkins is treating the quarterback race at Arizona State as a marathon, not a sprint.
"One day at a time," Perkins said Monday following the team's first spring practice. "Never get too high, never get too low, kind of stay medium. The mistakes, you erase them (from the mind). Next play mentality. That's what coaches teach us."
A local star and state championship quarterback out of Chandler High School, Perkins spent last year on the scout team but found bowl practice reps to be very beneficial to his development heading into his redshirt freshman season.
"I think with everybody, as the years progress we get a little more comfortable, the game starts slowing down, and for me that's exactly what happened (in 2015)," Perkins said. "So I feel like coming out here, after a long break, I increased from where I was from the winter to where I am now."
Now, even though he's focused on being even-keeled, Perkins is also working to set as many micro-goals as possible on a daily basis to keep his mindset properly calibrated.
"Everything is a competition out there," Perkins said. "Whether it's running to the next station, competing with drills, competing with the defense or competing with the position," Perkins said. "That's always fun and competition brings out the best in everybody."