PHOENIX — Former Timpview High quarterback Mike Affleck is admittedly frustrated.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound signal-caller isn't used to sitting on the bench. He started for two years and earned all-state honors under Timpview coach Chad Van Orden.
Now he has to accept an unfamiliar role as a redshirt at Arizona State University.
"To tell you the truth, I'm a little frustrated right now with the way things are going," Affleck said.
But he's accepted the role and will use the opportunity to make himself better.
"The coaches come to me every day; they can tell I'm frustrated," he said. "They come up and reassure me that I'm doing great."
He's playing behind one of the top passers in the nation in Andrew Walter. He broke nearly every ASU passing record last year after earning the starting spot five games into the season.
Affleck believes there is plenty to learn.
"I've learned a heckuva lot from high school to now," Affleck said. "I'm trying to take advantage of what I've got down here."
Along with the opportunity to play behind Walter, the Sun Devils are 1-0 heading into Saturday's 8 p.m. (MDT) contest with Utah State (0-2) and are ranked 16th in the nation. The Devils beat Northern Arizona, 34-14, in their season opener last week.
As a senior at Timpview, Affleck threw for 2,063 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading the T-birds to a 12-1 record.
"These coaches are amazing. The offense we have here is amazing," he said.
And he's picking it up quite nicely.
"I've never thrown better in my life," Affleck said. "With these receivers, it's a fun program to work in."
That's a big statement coming from a quarterback who threw for 4,137 yards and 37 touchdowns in his career at Timpview. He credits the Timpview system for helping him pick up the intense ASU offense.
"It was a great prep. Our offenses are pretty similar, but down here it's more complicated," Affleck said. "The basic ideas are the same. We have identical routes. We have plays here we ran at Timpview."
For now, Affleck will sit back, observe and wait his turn.
"My biggest goal is to learn the offense better," he said.
THE COACH SPEAKS: "We will see a balanced offense. They do both (passing and running) very well, " Aggie coach Mick Dennehy said. The Sun Devils had 31 rushes for 154 yards, and Walter went 16-of-26 for 234 yards.
"Their quarterback (Walter) may be as good a thrower as there is in the country. If you let him stand back there and let him set his feet, boy, he is awfully, awfully accurate and has great arm strength, great vision."
AGGIE LEADERS: Running back David Fiefia leads the team in rushing with an average of 57 yards per games; Chris Cooley and Chris Stallworth are No. 1 and No. 2 in catches with 10 for 118 yards and six for 121 yards, respectively.
Defensively, LB Robert Watts leads with 26 tackles in two games and Terrance Washington has 18.