Arizona State could have to deploy their third-string quarterback if Manny Wilkins endures a rehab setback. The Sun Devils lost backup signal caller Brady White to a season-ending injury, according to Doug Haller of the Arizona Daily Republic.
White suffered a season-ending right foot injury against UCLA on Saturday, per head coach Todd Graham. While Graham did not disclose the nature of the redshirt freshman’s malady, a source told Haller that it is one that will require an extensive rehab – possibly as much as 12 months’ worth.
So, he will almost certainly be sidelined through spring practice as well.
Graham expects Wilkins, a sophomore, to play this weekend after missing last week’s game against the Bruins, one in which White helped orchestrate a 23-20 upset victory for the hosts. Wilkins started the first five games for Arizona State but sustained a high-ankle sprain on Oct. 1 and watched last week from the sideline, wearing a protective walking boot. Graham plans to have Wilkins practice by Thursday in advance of the Sun Devils’ weekend trip to Colorado to face the No. 21 Buffaloes.
Freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole, who took snaps in relief of White at the end of the UCLA game, is the third-string quarterback. Two ex-quarterbacks who currently play other positions – wide receiver Jack Smith and defensive back Coltin Gerhart – are being evaluated as emergency backups, Haller reports.
This is the third quarterback injury the Sun Devils have endured this season. Freshman dual-threat option Bryce Perkins injured his neck in preseason practice and hasn’t returned.
White completed 51 percent of his passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception this season. Wilkins has connected on 65 percent of his tosses for 1,233 yards, five scores and four picks for the 5-1 Sun Devils.