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BREAKING: ASU QB Jaden Rashada OUT for tonight’s game against Fresno State

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Arizona State freshman QB Jaden Rashada is out for tonight’s game against Fresno State with an undisclosed injury.

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Since being named the starting QB late in fall camp, Rashada has amassed 403 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the 1-1 Sun Devils in his two starts. He did not practice all week.

The Sun Devils will reportedly play last year’s starting QB Trenton Bourguet and Notre Dame transfer Drew Pyne at least two series early in the game with Bourguet seeing the field first, according to Sun Devil Source’s Chris Karpman.

Bourguet took over for Emory Jones as ASU’s starting QB with six games left last season. He threw for 1,490 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions in those six games. He was one of two Pac-12 QBs to complete over 70% of their passes last year, joining Oregon QB Bo Nix, who played under ASU coach Kenny Dillingham as his offensive coordinator.

His 71.4 completion percentage was third in the FBS (min. 200 attempts). 

Following this strong end to last season, Bourguet had a really good spring and made a good first impression on Dillingham.

These were my notes from his impressive spring game performance in April:

“Bourguet threw two touchdowns in the spring game and was the best quarterback out of both teams, as ASU continues its QB battle between Bourguet, Drew Pyne and Jaden Rashada. He was poised in the pocket and looked comfortable in Dillingham’s new offense. He also appeared confident as a leader for his team, taking control of the flow of the game many times.”

Bourguet looked to be the team’s starter after spring practices, but Rashada beat him out for the job this fall.

As for Pyne, this will be the first game he is available for as a Sun Devil.

Pyne came to the Sun Devils this offseason as a redshirt sophomore after starting the last ten games for a prominent college football program in the Fighting Irish in 2022 and leading them to an 8-2 record in those games. He threw for 2,001 yards, 21 touchdowns, five interceptions and completed 64.9% of his passes during this stretch. Pyne was rated as a four-star quarterback out of high school and the No. 1 player in Connecticut by many media outlets.

Before he went down with a hamstring injury at Camp Tontozona, Pyne had been making a strong case to be the team’s starter.

ASU will also be without star tight end Jalin Conyers and backup running back DeCarlos Brooks tonight. They are also facing a lot of injuries on the offensive line. The Sun Devils could be down around six players in the offensive rotation tonight.

Arizona State has not released its official depth chart yet.

Tonight’s game against Fresno State will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. MST at Mountain America Stadium and air once again on FS1.

Stay tuned for updates.

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

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