Kenny Dillingham told local reporters on Wednesday that freshman quarterback Jaden Rashada will not play against Oregon in Week 12, but he’s nearing a return.

Rashada has not played for ASU since Week 2. When Dillingham revealed the former 4-star would miss time, he put a 4-6 week timetable on his return and said the staff would look to save a redshirt for him if possible. Rashada has missed each of the team’s last six games.

But he returned to full-contact practice this week for the Sun Devils, a good sign that he might be able to return to the field before the season comes to a close. But throwing him to the fire against No. 6 Oregon after a week of practice is not a move Dillingham wants to make.

“He’s throwing the ball really well,” Dillingham said. “Our goal is just to continually get him back and ready. He could be maybe an emergency guy. But I’m not gonna throw him in there.

“It’s one of those scenarios where we’re gonna try to get him back into a rhythm. He’s looked really good. He looks like he’s getting back healthy. He just has to get out there and play football a little bit.”

With Rashada unavailable, Arizona State is expected to roll with Trenton Bourguet, who has started each of the last six games.

Bourguet has thrown for 1,344 yards this season with one touchdown and four interceptions. ASU has also had to lean on Drew Pyne and Jacob Conover in spots throughout the year. They have a combined 43% completion rate with two touchdowns and six interceptions.

ASU has recently deployed some packages that feature either tight end Jalin Conyers or running back Cam Skattebo lined up as a quarterback.

Oregon has the 13th-ranked pass defense in the country by efficiency, allowing 6.2 yards per play.

Kickoff against the Ducks is set for 1 p.m. PT on FOX.