Wilks Looking to Take Advantage of Second Chance

The breaking point for Price Wilks arrived early in training camp. With just a couple of days in, the redshirt running back decided to quit the team. However, his hiatus was short-lived, as he joined the squad in time for Camp Tontozona. Consequently, he received a considerable amount of carries in Saturday's scrimmage, which is just what he needed to boost his morale and justify his decision to re-unite with the maroon and gold.

"I'm feeling real good," said the 6-1 184 Price Wilks following the scrimmage. "I just wanted to show the coaches that I can compete at this level. I really want to contribute to this team and make a difference in this season. I'm here working hard."

On Saturday, Wilks rushed for a team high 56 yards on 14 carries. Was he surprised by the large number of reps he received, especially after re-joining is teammates just a few days before? "I wasn't expecting to get a lot of carries," he remarked. "It just kinda of happened. I happy I did get all those chances and that I took advantage of it."

It a quirky kind of way, being away from the team for a few days aided him in his scrimmage performance. "I did have a lot of built-in energy from sitting out," he explained. "But I also have to give credit to my line. I was up there giving them the praise, and letting know that I'm right behind them. They did an excellent job."

Wilks mentioned his full body cramp as the reason why he decided, at the least at the time, to hang it up. "That wore me out mentality and physically," he recalled. "I was out two days but then I decided to bounce back." On the day that he decided to quit, teammates Jeremy Payton and Myrio Davis pleaded with him to stay. Their pleas may haven't worked right away, but they did eventually sway him back into the fold. "I really have great teammates," he stated. "I can look for them for anything. We're a big family. People throw out words like players being brothers and stuff like that, but this team proves it."

The running back's conditioning goal is to make up the six hours of conditioning that he missed while being away from the team. Thus, he will be running extra laps following practice for the next few days. Between the lines, Wilks is looking to improve on every aspect of his game. "I want to break more tackles," he declared. "As a running back you have to block for your quarterback, so I have to work on that. I just wanna be an all-around player – running, blocking, catching passes…I want to work on everything."

After redshirting last year, Price Wilks' goals are very pragmatic and naturally evolve around seeing less time on the bench and more time on the gridiron. "I'm just trying to move up the depth chart like everyone else, and get some playing time on that beautiful field at Sun Devil Stadium (smile)."

For now, just the sight of Wilks being back on the team and practicing is a scene that both his family and his Sun Devil brothers welcome with open arms.

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