Arizona State head football coach Kenny Dillingham recently made an appearance on The Burns and Gambo Show. The topic of the transfer portal came up and Dillingham had this to say.
This offseason, @KennyDillingham brought in QB Sam Leavitt via the transfer portal.
How did Jaden Rashada and Trenton Bourguet take the news when CKD told them he was adding to the QB room?
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Dillingham spoke highly of the current quarterbacks on the roster. “My meeting with Trenton (Bourguet), my meeting with Jaden (Rashada), were hey I’m going to bring in another quarterback to compete for the job, point blank.”
“If you want to leave, leave! If you don’t, stay and compete, but regardless, if you run, you’re going to run forever from competition,” said Dillingham, “Jaden and Trenton both said great, no issue, no problem, lets go, bring somebody in.”
Dillingham also had some words about what other coaches might do to get players to come to their school through the transfer portal. “Now, am I going to guarantee you a job to get you here? No. Are other schools going to promise you a job to get you to transfer there? Yes. They’re full of crap, cause nobody can promise you a job, eventually you’re going to have to win something.”
Now, the question is who will win the starting quarterback next season at Arizona State? Sam Leavitt spent last season playing for Michigan State. He played in four games, completing 15 of his 23 pass attempts for 139 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Jaden Rashada played three games for ASU this past season. He completed 53.7% of his passes for 485 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Trenton Bourguet is by far the most experienced quarterback of the three, entering his senior season. Last year he played in eight games, completing 60.9% of his passes for 1,486 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.
Quarterback is the most important position on the football field. This decision may the one that determines whether or not Dillingham is successful as the head coach of Arizona State.