Three former Arizona State football players — Bryce Perkins, Brady White, and Blake Barnett — are lighting up college football this year.
If Manny Wilkins wasn’t playing well this year, a lot of Arizona State football fans would be down in the dumps. But if they knew that three former Arizona State quarterbacks were lighting up college football this year, I believe every fan would be down in the dumps. Luckily, Wilkins is also lighting it up this year so we don’t have to worry.
Regarding those three transfers, though, it’s DEFINITELY worth talking about. Combined, they have a 10-2 record with 29 passing touchdowns, seven rushing touchdowns, and only six interceptions.
Bryce Perkins, who didn’t take an actual snap for Arizona State but was with the team for two years, has led the Virginia Cavaliers to a surprise 3-1 record so far. Now a junior, Perkins is impressing folks with his athletic ability as much as his arm. He’s already piled up nine passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, and two 100-yard rushing games while only throwing two interceptions. In Virginia’s first ACC game, the Arizona native achieved some national attention for jumping straight over a Louisville defender (below).
As a Tiger, White has shredded every opponent he’s faced en route to a 3-1 record. Out of all Division-1 quarterbacks through Week 4, White’s 12 touchdown passes is seventh best. Impressively, he’s only thrown one interception in 108 attempts.
Barnett, probably the most recognizable name here, has the best record (4-0) and the most passing yards (1,099) between the three ASU transfers. Additionally, he’s the only one who has beaten multiple Power-5 programs in 2018, leading the Bulls to a Week 2 win over Georgia Tech and a Week 3 win over Illinois.
On the ground, the one-time Alabama QB also has four rushing touchdowns.
Out of all three, Brady White spent the longest time in Tempe, sticking around from 2015 until 2017. With that, he was able to spend two years with Perkins and one with Barnett. The three were never at ASU all at once.