Despite all indications pointing to Arizona State sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins being named ASU's starter for Saturday’s home opener, coaches and players continued to deflect questions on the matter on Tuesday.
With the battle coming down to Wilkins and redshirt freshman Brady White, Graham said Monday at a press conference the team has known for two weeks who will be the starting quarterback, but no official announcement has been made.
Contrary to what Graham said the day before, first-year offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said he doesn’t know who the starting quarterback will be.
"Making my decision by the end of the week,” Lindsey said. “Both of them got reps today and did a great job and just seeing how the week plays out.”
Lindsey said he didn’t think there would be any negative effect on the team by not revealing a starting quarterback to the public.
“I think we are continuing to rep both guys and put them in different situations,” Lindsey said. “Like today it was base downs and we will get them in red zone and third downs and I think our team knows with either quarterback and that is their approach we are taking.”
Based on how reps have been distributed during media availability portions of practice and the overall vibe surrounding the program, Wilkins seems to be poised to start Saturday, but didn’t directly respond when asked about it on Tuesday.
“Whoever gets that nod on Saturday, it will be a fun experience for whoever, but obviously I’m anxious to see what happens,” Wilkins said.
Regardless if Wilkins or White gets the starting nod for week one, Lindsey said he is unsure if he will play both quarterbacks.
“Just waiting for my number to be called, that’s it,” Wilkins said.
News and Notes
- Senior safety Laiu Moeakiola was back at practice Tuesday after missing the Sun Devils final three practices last week. Graham said Moeakiola went to see a specialist for a hamstring injury he suffered in camp. Moeakiola wore a white defensive jersey and participated in individual drills the media viewed on Tuesday.
- Sophomore Spur Tyler Whiley did not participate in individual drills in the portion of practice open to the media as Whiley instead worked out at Muscle Beach.
- Redshirt freshman defensive tackle George Lea wore a white defensive practice jersey and participated in individual drills Tuesday. Lea wore a green non-contact jersey for most of last week, but did take first team reps at defensive tackle during walkthrough portions of Saturday's practice.
- Sophomore linebacker Khaylan Thomas was out of a green non-contact jersey and in a white defensive jersey participating in individual drills.
- Junior college transfer A.J. McCollum continued to work with volunteer assistant and former ASU center Nick Kelly on snapping during individual drills. Senior Stephon McCray worked with the guards during individual work, while sophomore Quinn Bailey split time between working with the guards and centers.