Inexperience is going to be a large theme of the Arizona State Sun Devils’ upcoming football season.
In a year many are calling a rebuild, ASU heads into the 2016-17 season with an offense currently undergoing a quarterback competition among three candidates and an offensive line replacing three starters.
That’s brought low expectations and predictions of the Sun Devils finishing near the bottom of the Pac-12 South.
One of the lone constants returning from last season will be wide receiver Tim White, arguably the best new addition to the team in 2015.
The lack of experience of the team is a positive in some ways for the team according to White, who sees the open competitions bringing out the best in the team.
“Everybody is hungry, everybody wants a bite of their own and we are going to take that and run with it,” White said on Burns & Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
Featuring electric speed, White had 633 receiving yards and caught a team-high eight touchdowns along with Devin Lucien.
Lucien, who graduated, played a large part in teaching White in a season that brought a big learning curve.
“I gained a lot of experience from (the learning curve),” White added.” (I learned) being patient in my routes, not running every route full speed.”
White only had four catches against West Virginia in the season finale for ASU, but two of them were touchdowns, and it’s a game he thinks will set the right tone for the upcoming season.
“That game was going to define what I was coming into this season and more,” White said.
Another area that did that for White was competing for his school at the 2016 NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. White participated in the triple jump, where he finished fourth and posted a personal best mark.
It’s somewhere White will continue to grow and sees how the progress from it translates to football.
“Track is more individual based, it’s more mental and it teaches you how to compete within yourself,” White said.
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