While several Pac-12 schools are still in the experimental phase when it comes to their quarterback situation, the Arizona State Sun Devils are feeling pretty good about theirs. Despite losing three-year starter Taylor Kelly, the coaching staff is confident that Mike Bercovici -- who subbed quite well for Kelly during the 2014 season -- is poised for a big year.
But everyone knows depth at the position is key. After all, it was Bercovici who launched the "Jael Mary" against USC last season when Kelly was injured. In three games last season, he threw 12 touchdowns to four interceptions while completing 61.8 percent of his throws for 1,445 yards.
In a report from The Arizona Republic's Doug Haller, offensive coordinator Mike Norvell talks about the depth behind Bercovici and what the Sun Devils can expect out of their backups next season. The battle for the No. 2 spot behind Bercovici is between Manny Wilkins and Brady White, with Colton Gerhart and Bryce Perkins coming in the fall. Wilkins was the No. 2 quarterback last season while Bercovici posted starts against UCLA, USC and Stanford.
Here's what Norvell had to say about the tandem of Wilkins and White:
"With Brady, you have a kid who should be in the spring semester of his high school senior year, so just the overall understanding of coming in and trying to throw a lot on him and see how he processed the information. He's still adjusting to the speed of the game and the transition, which is something you'll see with any freshman, but I thought he did a tremendous job. And then with Manny, I was looking for that next step. In the fall, when Taylor went down, he became (No. 2) and he had to really change how he prepared, he really had to change his mindset. That was really the best thing for him."
Norvell goes on to talk about what each of the backups need to do to win the No. 2 spot. And he also praises the way Bercovici attacked spring ball and assumed leadership of the team and offense.