WEEKLY REPORT: Receivers stepping up big for ASU

Even though Manny Wilkins threw for 300 total yards in last Thursday’s win over New Mexico State, the receivers showed high promise heading into this week’s game

Harley Yearout // Football Reporter for Blaze Sports

Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins will look to put up big numbers once again on Saturday when they take on San Diego State // (Photo by Brady Klain / Photographer for Blaze Sports)

The key to Arizona State’s 37-31 victory over New Mexico State last Thursday was undoubtedly their passing game.

The Sun Devils accumulated 321 yards passing, 300 of those came from the arm of redshirt junior quarterback Manny Wilkins.

“I think he did awesome,” redshirt sophomore wide receiver John Humphrey said.

Humphrey and Wilkins connected on a 60-yard bomb that resulted in a touchdown back the third quarter of Thursday night’s game.

“I was pretty nervous,” Humphrey said of his first collegiate game.

But the nerves certainly didn’t appear to have any affect on him. Humphrey finished the night with seven receptions and led the team with 123 total receiving yards.

Coming off a strong freshman campaign, sophomore wide receiver N’Keal Harry caught six passes for 69 yards. Harry said he spent most of his offseason working on technical aspects of his game.

N’Keal Harry had 69 yards on six receptions last week vs NMSU // (Photo by Brady Klain / Photographer for Blaze Sports)

“I’ve relied so much on my athleticism and my size my whole life,” Harry said.

Wide receivers coach Rob Likens said Harry has the ability to take things he learns in the film room out to the field quicker than most.

“He’s been one of the best I’ve coached (in that field),” Likens said.

With the NMSU game in the books, the ASU receivers now focus on preparing for the defense of the San Diego State Aztecs.

Coach Likens said the receivers are focused on improving their technique and looking for leverage on defenders against a SDSU team that allowed 258 passing yards against UC Davis in their season opener.

Kickoff for the game is set for 8 p.m. at Sun Devil Stadium.

Listen to the game LIVE on blazeradioonline.com, as Drew Andre and Ryan Curry will have the call. Pregame show coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.
Harley Yearout is a reporter for Blaze Sports. You can reach out to him at harleyyearout@gmail.com or follow Harley on Twitter @HarleyYearout
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