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Plummer: Wilkins Has Elevated His Game

Legedary Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer is impressed by the Sun Devils current signal-caller, Manny Wilkins.  Plummer tells Jody Oehler on The Drive that Wilkins showed him a lot in his final home game at Sun Devil Stadium as ASU defeated UCLA in a huge Pac-12 South game.

"I really tip my hat to him (Manny Wilkins).  To be able to let those emotions come out, but then save enough energy for the game.  He got right in stride and laid it all out like he always has as a true competitor, and true champion of the program.  A leader of that team.  We saw it on every play with all of his effort.  

Seeing him on the sideline late in the game, he was banged up, he got hit a few times really hard.  But that's your senior game, your last game at Sun Devil Stadium.  They're going to have to wheel you off in a stretcher.  I'm really proud of what he accomplished."

Jake "The Snake" believes Wilkins has taken his game to a new level as the Devils compete for the Pac-12 South.

We've witnessed him elevate his game.  That's why I love this team, because they're being led by a guy like him (Wilkins).  They're all-in.  It's going to be fun to see what happens this weekend.  

ASU can control its own destiny over the final two games of the regular season.  With wins at Oregon and rival Arizona would earn a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game.  

Plummer thinks first-year head coach Herm Edwards is instilling a toughness the Devils can use take beat up on less physical team this upcoming weekend in Oregon.

If you go there knowing you can out physical those guys, and just make that the emphasis.  Then ASU has a shot.  

The former Arizona Cardinals QB was encouraged by the team that drafted him in their loss to the Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend, despite head coach Steve Wilks not buying into moral victories.

I think it was impressive that they went there and did some things some other teams couldn't against Kansas City's high powered offense.  

Plummer thought rookie quarterback Josh Rosen showed toughness in a game where he was hit 13 times including five sacks.  He does feel like Rosen could further endear himself to his struggling offensive line to inspire better play.  Plummer believes he still has unbreakable bonds from his playing days.

I laugh, when I see Juan Roque at ASU, it's inherit in his genes and his DNA to protect me.  It's hilarious. Here's a grown man that I think that if somebody came at me with a knife would jump in front of him and take them down.  

Plummer says the Cardinals need to continue to fight throughout the 2018 NFL season despite not having playoff hopes.  Players need to be fighting for jobs in the future.

You're in the NFL.  You're in the NFL to win.  You're not in the NFL to ever lose to try to get a better draft pick.  That's a loser mentality.  

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