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ASU QB Jaden Rashada named to Freshman Player of the Year watch list

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New Arizona State starting quarterback Jaden Rashada has been named to the Freshman Player of the Year watch list.

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As the highest-rated recruit and lone four-star in the Sun Devil’s 2023 high school class, Rashada, a 6-foot-4 dual-threat QB from Northern California, came to ASU with a lot of expectations and will get to showcase his talent for the first time tomorrow.

After having an infamous NIL deal go wrong with Florida, Rashada could have gone anywhere, but he flipped his commitment from the Gators to Arizona State, following in the footsteps of his father, Harlen Rashada. Harlen played defensive back for the Sun Devils from 1992-94.

Jaden started his last two high school seasons and threw for 5,816 yards, 80 touchdowns and completed 60% of his passes. He also had 592 yards and nine touchdowns rushing.

Following an ultra-impressive fall camp, Rashada beat out returning starting junior QB Trenton Bourguet for the job after Notre Dame transfer Drew Pyne went down with an injury during the team’s trip to Camp Tontozona.

Rashada will be the second ever true freshman to start a season opener for the Sun Devils after Jayden Daniels became the first in 2019.

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Rashada and the Sun Devils kick off their season tomorrow at home against Southern Utah at 7 p.m.

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Brendan Mau is a college sports insider and general assignment reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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