Dillon Sterling-Cole first true freshman QB since Brock Osweiler

Oct 29, 2016, 1:02 PM

Arizona State quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole (15) throws over Washington State linebacker Peyton ...

Arizona State quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole (15) throws over Washington State linebacker Peyton Pelluer (47) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

As Arizona State prepares for its contest against the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, the Sun Devils are by no means at full-strength. is reporting that Manny Wilkins will not dress for the game, meaning that true freshman Dillon Sterling-Cole will take the reins on offense.

Sterling-Cole’s start at quarterback marks the team’s first true freshman starting quarterback since Brock Osweiler in 2009.

Osweiler debuted against the Oregon Ducks as well, however, his game ended abruptly when he was injured early on and Oregon went on to win 44-21.

Out of Houston, Texas and Westfield High School, Sterling-Cole will be the fifth true freshman starting quarterback all-time for the Sun Devils, and this will be just the sixth season since 1990 where ASU starts more than two different quarterbacks.

Wilkins suffered an ankle injury against USC on Oct. 1, which cost him to miss the following game against UCLA. Backup Brady White led the team against the Bruins, but he too was knocked out with a right foot injury that would later sideline him for the rest of the season.

Wilkins returned the next week to play Colorado and then Washington State, but sustained another injury against the Cougars that put Sterling-Cole in the driver’s seat. The true freshman completed 7-of-16 passes for 86 yards against Washington State.

Arizona State Football

Drew Pyne, Arizona State football quarterback...

Kellan Olson

Arizona State QB Drew Pyne likely to return, Trenton Bourguet doubtful

Arizona State Sun Devils quarterback Drew Pyne is likely to return on Saturday while Trenton Bourguet is doubtful.

2 days ago

Shedeur Sanders, Colorado vs. Colorado State set TV ratings records for ESPN...

Associated Press

Colorado-Colorado State sets TV record as most-watched ESPN late game in history

Colorado's victory against Colorado State drew 9.3 million viewers. It is the most-watched late-night college football game ever on ESPN.

2 days ago

ASU Head Coach Kenny Dillingham, Fresno State at Arizona State September 18, 2023 (Jeremy Schnell/A...

Jesse Morrison

State of the Sun Devils podcast: Arizona State football shut out at home by Fresno State

On the latest edition of the podcast, Jeremy Schnell and Jesse Morrison react to Arizona State's 29-0 loss to Fresno State on Saturday.

3 days ago

ASU QB Jacob Conover, Fresno State at Arizona State September 18, 2023 (Jeremy Schnell/Arizona Spor...

Wills Rice

Injury-stricken ASU football welcomes Caleb Williams, USC

ASU football has plenty of questions revolving the roster, starting at quarterback before welcoming Caleb Williams and No. 5 USC to Tempe.

3 days ago

Caleb Williams #13 of the USC Trojans reacts after he threw a touchdown pass against the Stanford C...

Arizona Sports

USC-Colorado leads off Pac-12 football schedule Sept. 30

The USC Trojans and Colorado Buffaloes will square off on Fox at 9 a.m. MST on Sept. 30. Arizona State faces Cal at noon.

3 days ago


Arizona Sports Video

Video: Arizona State embarrassed by Fresno State, State of the Sun Devils podcast reaction

Arizona State shutout at home by Fresno State 29-0 for the first time since 1988. The guys discuss the quarterback situation and the injury bug that has more than bit the Sun Devils. Video: Jeremy Schnell/Arizona Sports

5 days ago

Dillon Sterling-Cole first true freshman QB since Brock Osweiler