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ASU Football: QB Bryce Perkins says he’s cleared to play

Perkins’ return sets up another intriguing QB battle this offseason in Tempe.

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The Arizona State Sun Devils will hold another four-man quarterback duel this offseason, and it’s just been bolstered by the return of Bryce Perkins.

Perkins announced he’s been officially cleared to return to the field on Monday via Twitter. His clearance comes after being held out for over five months when he suffered a neck injury during an offseason practice on August 8.

The redshirt sophomore was in the midst of competing alongside Manny Wilkins and Brady White for the Sun Devils’ starting quarterback job when he was injured.

Wilkins was ultimately named the team’s starter, however suffered an ankle sprain which sidelined him for several weeks. White replaced him, but was lost for the season after a foot injury in his first career start against UCLA.

Their absences vaulted Dillon Sterling-Cole into the starting role, becoming the first true freshman to start a game for the Sun Devils since Brock Osweiler.

Wilkins, Sterling-Cole, and Perkins will be joined by former five-star and Alabama transfer Blake Barnett, who committed to ASU in December, in their bout for the starting quarterback position this season.

White has not yet been cleared to return.

The Sun Devils will begin spring practices on Monday, March 13, and will kick off their 2017 season against New Mexico State on Thursday, August 31 at Sun Devil Stadium.