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There Might Be A QB Controversy Brewing In Tempe

Did the Sun Devils just create a QB controversy?

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Jaden Rashada won the starting job last year for the Sun Devils as a true freshman. With his dad being a Sun Devil alumni and he, himself, being a highly-touted prospect, there was a lot of excitement that he was going to be the future of the Sun Devils.

However, Rashada struggled mightily with injuries during his Freshman year. Injuries kept him out for most of the season. When he eventually came back for the Territorial Cup matchup versus Arizona, he didn’t look good. Granted, he missed a lot of time, and that was a very intense atmosphere to return for, but it had to be thought about.

There had been rumors early this offseason that Arizona State was considering bringing in a QB. One name included Oregon backup and former five-star recruit Ty Thompson. Whoever it was, ASU would probably bring in a QB to compete with Rashada.

Well, they just did.

It’s not Ty Thompson, but Sam Leavitt, the former Michigan State Spartan, is the new QB in the ASU program. Leavitt was once a highly-touted QB prospect, too.

Leavitt was a top 20 QB in the 2023 class and showed great promise in his little game action for MSU.

Michigan State’s Sam Leavitt throws a pass before the football game against Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

However, the interesting part of this move is that Leavitt is in the same class as Rashada. This means only one of them will have a chance to start for the Sun Devils.

Now, Leavitt knew coming into Tempe that he had to win the QB battle because if he didn’t, he couldn’t transfer. Under NCAA rules, players must sit out a year if they transfer two years in a row. So, Leavitt has no room for error.

Now, Rashada is beloved by the ASU fanbase. However, he has to feel threatened by this move. Kenny Dillingham knew he was bringing direct competition to Rashada with this move. This means there will be a QB battle in Tempe. Rashada’s dad and former ASU defensive back, Harlen Rashada, already shared his thoughts on Twitter.

The question is, could Jaden Rashada transfer? This tweet seems to hint at the possibility of it, which would be a major loss for Arizona State and Dillingham’s culture.

There might be interesting things brewing in Tempe. We will see how they transpire. However, there is a QB controversy in the Sun Devil program. It will produce major drama all offseason if Rashada decides to stay.

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Zac Tipton is a reporter of the Arizona State Sun Devils for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @Ztip22Tipton.

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