Arizona State likely back to Trenton Bourguet as starting quarterback vs. Cal

Sep 26, 2023, 11:46 AM | Updated: 3:04 pm

Arizona State starting quarterback Trenton Bourguet...

Arizona State quarterback Trenton Bourguet warms up prior to a 45-38 upset win over then-No. 21 Washington at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., on Oct. 8, 2022. (Jeremy Schnell/Arizona Sports)

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Arizona State quarterback Drew Pyne will be “out for the near future,” Sun Devils head coach Kenny Dillingham told reporters on Tuesday. The update effectively slides Trenton Bourguet back into a starting role against the California Golden Bears on Saturday.

Bourguet, himself dealing with a lower leg injury that kept him out of a loss to the USC Trojans on Saturday, was running with the first team during Tuesday’s practice, according to Sun Devil Source’s Chris Karpman. Karpman added that Dillingham referenced three different physical injuries that Pyne is dealing with.

Bourguet made a single start for ASU two games ago, a 29-0 loss to Fresno State. He completed 6 of 8 passes for 47 yards and threw an interception before injuring his foot or ankle.

Unable to go last week, Pyne took over despite having left the Fresno State game with an injury. Pyne, a transfer from Notre Dame, went 21-of-36 for 221 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, but he was sacked eight times by the Trojans.

ASU now likely turns back to Bourguet, who completed 71 percent of 204 passing attempts in 2022 and threw 11 touchdowns to six interceptions.

The Sun Devils entered the year with Pyne and Bourguet battling for the starting role along with freshman Jaden Rashada, who ultimately won the job with Pyne suffering a hamstring injury before the season.

Rashada completed 57 percent of his passes for 403 yards, three touchdowns and an interception before a lingering injury from high school sidelined him after his second appearance.

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