Don Hansen

2015 Look Ahead: Quarterback

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The 2014 season has concluded, and 2015 Signing Day has quickly passed. Spring practice is right around the corner for the 2015 Sun Devils. The “2015 Look Ahead Series” begins on the offensive side of the ball with the quarterbacks.

Quarterbacks Team Members Leaving

  • Taylor Kelly, three year Sun Devil starter
    • Career statistics for Kelly’s 39 games over past three seasons: 10223 total offensive yards, 8819 yards passing with a 79 to 26 touchdown to interception ratio, while adding 1404 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns

Quarterbacks Team Members Returning

  • Mike Bercovici, redshirt senior
  • Manny Wilkins, redshirt freshman
  • Coltin Gerhart, redshirt freshman

Quarterbacks Adding – 2015 Recruiting Class Commitments

  • Brady White, early enrollee spring 2015
  • Bryce Perkins

As Sun Devil head coach Todd Graham goes into his fourth season in Tempe, he will do so with his first starting quarterback change. Redshirt senior Mike Bercovici takes over from three year starter Taylor Kelly for 2015. Bercovici has already put himself into the leadership role for the 2015 Sun Devils as he wrote a letter to Sun Devil Nation describing “The Grind”. Bercovici was thrust into action in 2014 when Taylor Kelly was out due to his foot injury. For the season, Bercovici completed 115 passes in 186 attempts with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. It is important to note that one of those interceptions was a last second hail mary attempt against Utah just before overtime. Bercovici started a three game stretch against UCLA, USC, and Stanford where the Sun Devils went 2-1.

Behind Bercovici are four young quarterbacks after two straight recruiting classes bringing in two quarterbacks each. Wilkins, the third quarterback in 2014, seems to be in line for the 2015 backup quarterback spot, especially with class of 2014 signee Gerhart not practicing. Gerhart will not participate in spring practice as he is part of the Sun Devil baseball program, and Gerhart’s first day on the diamond was quite eventful. However, Wilkins will be challenged by 2015 recruiting class early enrollee White. The Wilkins/White battle may be one of the most intriguing position battles during the spring. Ultimately, the Sun Devil coaching staff would like Wilkins to shine so that White can redshirt.

Heading into the 2015 season, the Sun Devils are extremely solid at the quarterback position with Bercovici leading the team under Mike Norvell’s guidance. However, with young, inexperienced backup quarterbacks and new offensive tackles, Bercovici must take care of himself and not risk injury. Looking forward, the four talented young quarterbacks on the roster will be preparing for a major spring 2016 quarterback battle, unlink any position battle never seen before in Sun Devil nation.

About Don Hansen

Don Hansen

Don is a 2003 graduate of Arizona State University where he spent four years sitting in the front rows of many ASU athletic events leading the rowdy student section. Now, Don co-hosts the "ASU Devils Den" podcast covering every detail of ASU football. Don works and resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his beautiful Sun Devil wife and their two beautiful daughters!

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