Arizona State Sun Devils sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins left the game in the first half against the USC Trojans with what appeared a left leg injury after he was helped from the field in the second quarter. To start the second half, he appeared on the sidelines with crutches and his foot in a boot.
Prior to his departure, the Sun Devils trailed 27-6. Wilkins had gone 13-for-24 through the air, throwing for 148 yards and an interception. The team had been carried by their rushing attack over the course of their first four wins, but Demario Richard and Kalen Ballage combined for just 30 rushing yards between the two.
A former four-star recruit out of San Marin HS in Novato, California, Wilkins committed to the Sun Devils in the 2014 recruiting class. He would go on to redshirt and wait behind quarterback Mike Bercovici last season, and would have to win a competitive quarterback battle to win the starting job in 2016.
Entering the game on Sunday, he was completing 67.2 percent of his passes, for 1,085 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. The fact that he was taken to the locker room immediately and was unable to put any pressure on his leg and now appears on the sideline with a boot and crutches does not lend itself to good news concerning his injury.
The quarterback position is a spot of depth for the Sun Devils, but also one of youth. Redshirt freshman Brady White narrowly lost out to Wilkins for the starting job, and will take over in his place against USC. They also have true freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole, who plays more of Wilkins’ dual-threat style.