The Arizona State Sun Devils were hammered by the USC Trojans on Saturday, 41-20, handing them their first loss of 2016. But the team loss was not the only concerning part of the game for the Sun Devils, as sophomore quarterback Manny Wilkins left the game and headed towards the locker room with a leg injury that he was unable to put pressure on at the time.
But after his MRI’s came back clean, head coach Todd Graham said that Wilkins is, “out of his boot and all that stuff.” Whether or not Wilkins is ready to go against UCLA this Saturday is still to be determined, but Arizona State can take solace in the fact that the injury will not keep him on the sidelines long-term.
Prior to leaving the game against USC, Wilkins was 13-for-24 with 148 yards passing and an interception to his credit. He oversaw an ASU offense that scored at least 30 points in each of the four opening wins of the season, before seeing their offense stall against the Trojans on Saturday.
In his place, redshirt freshman Brady White took over and went 6-for-13 for 80 yards passing and connected with Raymond Epps for a garbage time touchdown. The 13 passes were the first of the career for White, who lost out on the starting job to Wilkins prior to the start of the season.
No matter who is under center for ASU on Saturday, the story will be whether or not they can slow down UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, the highly-touted sophomore. The Bruins enter the game with a 3-2 mark and are coming off a drubbing of the Sun Devils’ in-state rivals, the Arizona Wildcats.