By Charles Wulf
TEMPE, Ariz. — New offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey met with the media after practice yesterday to discuss the quarterbacks, receivers and share his thoughts on the Sun Devil offense. Lindsey arrived in Tempe just before ASU’s Cactus Bowl loss to West Virginia, meaning he got to spend more time with his new players. Arriving with a very similar offense to former deputy head coach Mike Norvell, Lindsey and his players have said that the offense won’t change too much.
Lindsey also touched on the quarterbacks, clearing up the rumors about Bryce Perkins transferring or changing positions. Perkins sustained an injury during Monday’s practice and is believed to be out for weeks. A medical redshirt is a possibility. Freshman quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole was also a topic of discussion for Lindsey, who likes the 18-year old’s attitude and progress. However, the competition for starting quarterback is a two-man race between redshirt freshman Brady White and sophomore Manny Wilkins.
Another topic of discussion for the day was the receiving corps. Lindsey said that he likes their depth, but said there is still a lot of work to be done. He thinks that the receiving corps can be better down the road, but it will take some time. Lindsey also touched on the versatility of redshirt senior Tim White. White was an explosive playmaker for the Devils last season, scoring a total of nine touchdowns. When the offense needed a spark last season, White was usually the guy to step up. This season, Lindsey expects White to be able to score in multiple ways.
Overall, Chip Lindsey has a lot of work to do. The Sun Devils are very inexperienced at quarterback and the offensive line and will depend heavily on the running game. The thing to watch for this season is the offense’s growth under the new coordinator.