Arizona State head coach Todd Graham announced redshirt-freshman quarterback Brady White is out for the year after suffering a right foot injury during the Sun Devils’ 23-20 win over the UCLA Bruins.
White, who was making his first career start, was injured while being sacked during the final quarter of the game. He exited the contest having completed 19 of 36 passes for 179 yards, including one touchdown and an interception.
“My heart goes out to him,” Graham said. “He did such a great job for us, and it's a tough deal for him, but he’ll be back.”
Graham expanded on his quarterback situation entering Arizona State’s upcoming road matchup with the Colorado Buffaloes with original starting quarterback Manny Wilkins nursing a high left ankle sprain.
“I fully intend on Manny being back,” he said. “The good thing is that Manny’s deal was something that’s a minor deal that I think he has got a good chance of making it back this week.”
Graham said the plan is to have Wilkins practicing by Thursday, while prepping freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole to play. Sterling threw one pass—an interception—in relief of White against UCLA, losing his redshirt eligibility in the process.
Freshman Jack Smith and redshirt-sophomore Coltin Gerhart will function as the backup signal-callers “for depth purposes” this week.
Graham said it’s unlikely redshirt-freshman Bryce Perkins, who was a part of the three-man quarterback battle during the offseason before injuring his neck, will return this season.
Despite potentially being on plan C or D at quarterback just halfway into the season, Graham said his team has the heart to cope with the situation.
More importantly, he says his offense will cater to whoever is under center.
“You have to adapt what you're doing to the skills and talents of the person taking the snap,” Graham said. “So that’s what we’ll do.”
He likened the dilemma to life saying, “It’s just like anything. We didn't have our starting quarterback last week and won.”
We’ll see if that happens again in Boulder, Colo., this weekend.