Player Capsule: Bryce Perkins
Eligibility: Redshirt Freshman
Weight: 215 pounds
2015 season quick review: Perkins redshirted last year and worked with the scout team offense.
SunDevilSource.com analysis: The evolution of Perkins from athlete to quarterback in the last three to four years has been truly remarkable. He went from a player we though would never be able to play the position successfully at the highest college level as a high school sophomore at Chandler to someone who led his team to a state championship in an MVP season, and later demonstrated impressive poise and proficiency while redshirting as a freshman at ASU in 2015.
Perkins is strong and athletic at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, already one of the fastest and strong quarterbacks to wear an ASU uniform in recent memory. He prefers delivering the football from the pocket to running though, and has patient and reliable footwork to that end. He's a very different type of athlete than Wilkins, though both are athletic in a general sense. Perkins feels pressure well and will reorientate his feet to deliver the ball, and keep his eyes processing the field.
The foundational base of Perkins as a passer is sound, and he has tended to make good decisions very consistently with the football given his youth, though this was tested in the spring where he had some shaky practices. He's typically accurate on shorter throws and gets the ball out relatively quickly. Perkins doesn't have the quick twitch athleticism of Wilkins in the read option game, and is more of a glider who runs well in the open field when carrying the football, with great top end speed for a quarterback. He doesn't have the start and stop ability of Wilkins, but is bigger and harder to bring down with contact, both in and out of the pocket.
Perkins' biggest potential drawback right now is his downfield playmaking capability. He doesn't have the throwing range or ball velocity of the others in the position group, with vertical shots harder to access and tight intermediate throws also a potential challenge, particularly to the far sideline. The way to offset that is getting the ball out more quickly, but that's tough for a quarterback who has never played at this level before. In this regard, Perkins is a bit like Taylor Kelly, a player who had similar challenges with his arm when trying to win the job.
Projected depth chart status: Perkins was probably third in the unofficial pecking order exiting the spring by our independent analysis. He had some atypical bouts of being turnover prone and the pressure may have got to him a bit. His arm limitations must improve some this fall and he has to take great care of the football to move into the top spot. He tends to get the ball out quickly and on time, which should help, and he's a great athlete who runs decisively when he needs to.