Bryce Perkins made tremendous strides as a high school player at Chandler High School, progressing from an athlete many expected to wind up at another position, to eventually being viewed as a legitimate Pac-12 quarterback recruit.
That process has continued at Arizona State, with Perkins feeling like his redshirt season provided an opportunity to properly assimilate to a much tougher level.
"I feel like my composure in the pocket has gotten a lot better from where I was last year when everything was moving fast, transitioning from high school to college," Perkins said Monday. "That was a big jump, so now I do a good job of slowing it down. The players help me, the coaches help me, watching film, all of that stuff ties in to doing what I do now. I'm not perfect. I need to work on a lot of things, mechanics-wise, my feet, my reads, all that stuff I need to work on, but that just comes with film work and practice and reps."
As he competes with sophomore Manny Wilkins and fellow redshirt freshman Brady White, Perkins is of the opinion the transition to new offensive coordinator Chip Linsey is going smoothly and there's more integration with teammates heading into his second year.
"It's going great," Perkins said. "I think everybody is picking up the terminology, the plays, we're going faster as an offense I feel like. It just takes time, with every offense, every new thing implemented. I think we're doing a really good job of picking up the offense.
"I have more relationships with the guys on the team as opposed to last year when we worked out, it was just the freshmen, to now, where everybody, the freshmen, sophomore, the juniors and seniors. So building that rapport with the players, player to player, and the coaches, getting comfortable with everybody, it translates onto the field."