Arizona State to be without QB Jaden Rashada against Fresno State, per report
Arizona State will be without starting quarterback Jaden Rashada on Saturday night when it hosts Fresno State at Mountain America Stadium.
According to On3’s Matt Zenitz, the freshman quarterback will miss the game with an undisclosed injury. In his place, the Sun Devils are expected to start Trenton Bourguet. Zenitz also reported that Notre Dame transfer Drew Pyne is expected to be available off the bench.
As ASU looks to rebound from last week’s loss to Oklahoma State, it’ll be seriously undermanned on the offensive side of the football.
The Sun Devils are reportedly expected to be without tight end Jalin Conyers and reserve running back DeCarlos Brooks. On the offensive line, coach Kenny Dillingham said earlier this week that Isaia Glass, Cade Briggs, and Aaron Frost are all questionable for the game. Ben Coleman is not expected to play. Emmit Bohle suffered a season-ending injury a week ago.
It has been an up-and-down start for Rashada.
Against the Cowboys, Rashada finished the day with 16 completions on 29 attempts for 167 yards, one score, and one interception. At one point in the fourth quarter, he missed six consecutive passes. Arizona State was shutout in the second half and lost 27-15.
Asked if the Sun Devils considered a quarterback change during the game, or if they’d give an extended look to other guys going forward, Dillingham defended Rashada.
“Jaden has done such a phenomenal job,” Dillingham said. “If you watch him play the football games, he has one turnover in two games, he steps up in the pocket, gets hit in the face, delivers throws. The growth he’s made in those two games is incredible. Absolutely incredible. I really could not be more pleased with how he’s played.
“There’s no doubt his future is extremely, extremely, extremely bright.”
But with Rashada unavailable, it looks like Bourguet will once again get the chance to fill in and go for a win.
Last season, Bourguet took over for Emory Jones after an injury in the Washington game and led a second-half victory. A week later, Bourguet threw for 435 yards in his first career start — the second-best day by an ASU quarterback in their first start.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on FS1.