Arizona State's quarterback competition may be on the verge of dwindling from three returners to just two.
Redshirt freshman Bryce Perkins did not attend practice with the Sun Devils on Tuesday. According to multiple sources, ASU coaches this week discussed with Perkins the possibility of switching positions and playing a tight end or wide receiver type role.
Perkins, a local product who won a state championship with Chandler High School as a senior in 2014, is leaning toward transferring instead of changing positions.
In the first week of preseason camp Perkins appeared to be third on the depth chart based on allocation of reps as observed by reporters in attendance. He did not practice with the first or second team Saturday or Monday in the portions of practice open to media.
Perkins would have to make the decision to transfer prior to attending any classes at ASU in order to make a move for this fall.
True freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole would become the team's No. 3 quarterback if Perkins departs.
Early in fall camp Perkins showed off an improved throwing mechanic, which he told SunDevilSource.com was the result of working with local quarterback coach Dennis Gile during the summer. But it wasn't enough to move him into more serious contention for the starting job.
Perkins, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, arrived at ASU as the No. 40 quarterback prospect nationally, No. 12 in the West and No. 2 in Arizona's 2015 class by Scout.com.
For his work in ASU's summer conditioning program Perkins was named to the Dirty Dozen, which honors 12 members of the team. He was the lone quarterback representation.