Kenny Dillingham updates Arizona State's QB situation ahead of USC game
Kenny Dillingham said Tuesday that quarterback Drew Pyne is probable to play in Saturday’s game against No. 5 USC.
With starting quarterback Jaden Rashada out for the foreseeable future and Trenton Bourguet listed by Dillingham as “very, very doubtful” for the game, if Pyne is able to return, that would seemingly put him in line to start against the Trojans.
“Drew has a chance, probably will return this week,” Dillingham said. “He feels better.”
Arizona State played without Rashada in Saturday’s 29-0 loss to Fresno State.
Bourguet started the game but was forced out in the first quarter with what appeared to be a lower leg injury. Pyne came in to replace him, but he was also forced to exit with what Dillingham said was a different “muscular injury” to the same leg he injured in training camp.
Pyne was making his season debut for ASU and finished with 52 yards and two interceptions on 5-of-13 passing.
During preseason camp, Pyne looked like an early threat to earn the Week 1 starting job. But a hamstring injury suffered midway through put him on the shelf and allowed Rashada a pathway to winning the job.
The true freshman took the opportunity and made the most of it, starting the Sun Devils’ first two games before re-aggravating an existing issue in the Oklahoma State loss in Week 2.
Without the top three guys in the room, Arizona turned to BYU transfer Jacob Conover, who played most of the second half. He finished with 89 yards and two picks on 6-of-16 passing.
Dillingham also said there’s a small chance offensive lineman Cade Briggs, who is not currently receiving practice reps, could return this week. Defensive lineman Clayton Smith is “very, very doubtful.” Defensive lineman Anthonie Cooper and tight end Jalin Conyers are both back at practice this week.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT on FOX.