ASU offense making smooth transition according to Manny Wilkins

Spring football has gotten off to a solid start for an offense that has a lot of new faces both on the field and on the sideline, or at least that's the perspective of its oldest scholarship quarterback.

Even though the team has a new offensive coordinator, there hasn't been a significant adjustment to be made by Arizona State's offensive personnel this spring according to sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins

"I think it's basically what we've been running (previously)," Wilkins said. "We're focusing a little more on quick game, stuff like that. But everything is really the same to be honest. There's a lot of different types of balls, taking more shots, a lot more quick game, and really running the football down the field.

"I think guys are really getting the signals, guys are executing what we're doing, I think people are out there having fun. It's good to see guys running on and off the field, sprinting, and really just executing what we're doing."

Offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey and ASU head coach Todd Graham have mentioned taking care of the football and avoiding negative plays as key points of emphasis in spring practices. Ultimately, it will play a big role in determining which of the three quarterbacks competing for the starting job emerges on top. Graham said Friday there were two interceptions and no fumbles through the first three weeks. 

"Ball security has been good," Wilkins said. "I don't know how many interceptions (the team has had), it's not a lot though. We've been really owning the football a lot, not a lot of fumbles. We've been really trying to emphasize ball security, that's really one of our keys this year."

Just as fellow quarterback Brady White took advantage of a few months off as an opportunity to add size, so too did Wilkins. He's noticeably heavier than just a few months ago. 

"Winter strength and conditioning was awesome," Wilkins said. "I put on about 15 pounds. It was really good for me, I got a lot stronger. My core got a lot stronger. I think overall for the whole team it was awesome."


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