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  Mmm, what might this mean for Arizona quarterback Drew Pyne, a redshirt sophomore who recently transferred from Notre Dame? ASU is favored to land former Florida quarterback signee Jaden Rashada, according to recent odds. has the Sun Devils at +140 to land Rashada, a 5-star QB whose father, Harlen, played at Arizona State. It gives the team a 41.67% implied probability to be the Pittsburg (Calif.) High standout's next school. TCU is second in the odds at +180 (35.71%), followed by Washington at +400 (20%) and California at +1000 (9.09%). The site lists "Other" at +2000 (4.76%) in its odds. Rashada reportedly visited Arizona State last weekend after being officially released form his letter of intent at Florida. He is scheduled to also visit TCU.

Rashada is the No. 6 QB prospect in the class of 2023, according to 247Sports. His father played at ASU between 1992 and 1994. New ASU coach Kenny Dillingham recruited Rashada when Dillingham was Oregon's offensive coordinator. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Jaden Rashada threw for 5,275 yards at Pittsburg High last season, with 59 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He had a falling out with Florida after the Gator Collective - an independent fundraising group that is loosely tied to the university and pays student-athletes for use of their name, image and likeness - failed to honor a four-year deal worth more than $13 million. Pyne threw for 2,021 yads with 22 touchdowns for Notre Dame while compiled an 8-2 record as a starter, including a 4-1 record against top 25 teams. -

rSo/2026 QB Drew PyneArizona State
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  Former Oklahoma Sooners EDGE Clayton Smith announced his transfer to Arizona State on Thursday. Smith was a five-star recruit by Rivals and a four-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN, making him the highest-ranked player to transfer to ASU via the portal. Arizona just missed out on landing another five-star recruit in EDGE Anthony Lucas on Jan. 11, but the Scottsdale Chapparal High School graduate chose to transfer from Texas A&M to USC instead of staying home.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound redshirt sophomore will have three years of eligibility as he joins a Sun Devil football program that is now under new leadership with head coach Kenny Dillingham at the helm. In seven career games over the last two seasons at Oklahoma, Smith accumulated eight tackles (four solo and four assisted) and 1.5 tackles for loss to go along with one fumble recovery. -

rSo/2026 DE Clayton SmithArizona State
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  Arizona State Sun Devils defensive lineman Nesta Jade Silvera on Saturday accepted his invitation to play in the 2023 Senior Bowl. Silvera becomes the first Sun Devil to be playing in the exhibition game at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, on Feb. 4 in front of NFL scouts. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive lineman announced his declaration for April's draft in Kansas City on Dec. 13.

Silvera spent the first four years of his collegiate career as a Miami Hurricane before graduating and transferring to Arizona State for his lone season in Tempe. In 10 games for the Sun Devils this past season, the graduate student totaled 51 tackles (18 solo), three tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble. -

rSr/2023 DT Nesta Jade SilveraArizona State
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  Redshirt junior tight end Jalin Conyers is returning to play football at Arizona State for the 2023 season, he announced on Thursday. Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro was the first to report the move. The news comes as a relief to Sun Devil fans, as Wednesday saw a rather ominous quote tweet from new head coach Kenny Dillingham regarding Conyers' announcement. Looks like Dillingham was in on it the whole time. Conyers' return may register as a given, but with the current modern landscape of the transfer portal in college football that might be even busier for a team with a new head coach, it's an important commitment.

That's because Conyers was not only one of ASU's best pass catchers along with wide receiver Elijhah Badger in 2022, but the tight end wasn't utilized until the latter part of the year in which Shaun Aguano was calling plays with Trenton Bourguet under center. The same could be said for Badger as well. This past season, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Conyers reeled in 38 catches for 422 yards and five touchdowns, with six receptions, 108 yards and three scores coming in the 42-34 win over Colorado. - Arizona Sports

rJr/2025 TE Jalin ConyersArizona State
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  Travion Brown, a veteran Washington State defender who shared first-team snaps at middle linebacker this year, has entered the NCAA's transfer portal, according to multiple reports Friday. A graduate transfer, Brown has one season of eligibility remaining. He never used his redshirt at WSU. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder played in 11 games this season, starting two. He and redshirt freshman Francisco Mauigoa rotated frequently at the middle linebacker position. Brown finished the regular season sixth on the team with 49 tackles, adding five tackles for loss, 1½ sacks and a fumble recovery.

Brown came to WSU in 2019 out of Linfield Christian School of Temecula, California, as a three-star recruit and a top-20 outside linebacker in the country, per He chose the Cougars over offers from Washington, Oregon, Utah and Minnesota, among others, and claimed a playing role at WSU immediately. Brown made five starts at nickel during his true freshman season and earned All-Pac-12 second-team recognition for his special-teams exploits. He played sparingly in 2020, then established himself as a backup option at linebacker in 2021 and saw plenty of action off the bench behind mainstay LB Justus Rogers. Brown finishes his WSU career with 39 appearances, 132 tackles, 7½ TFLs, 1½ sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. - Spokesman-Review

rSr/2024 ILB Travion BrownArizona State
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  The Oregon Ducks are losing an offensive lineman to transfer. Redshirt-freshman Bram Walden is entering the transfer portal, he announced Saturday. "I just want to thank the University of Oregon for making my experience for these last 2 years and I'll always be grateful for this opportunity," Walden wrote via Instagram. "I want to thank all of the coaches, players, my family, friends and faculty that have made my time here truly special. I want to thank the man above for always having a plan for me and allowing me to be where I am today. "With that being said, I am entering the transfer portal and I'm looking forward to furthering my academic and athletic career. Thank you! Go Ducks!" Walden battled a knee injury during his two seasons at UO. He did not play while redshirting in 2021 and appeared in two games this season, against Cal and Colorado. The 6-foot-3, 304-pound Walden is the fifth Oregon player to announce their intent to transfer since the regular season ended, joining receiver Dont'e Thornton, running back Byron Cardwell Jr., quarterback Jay Butterfield and edge rusher Bradyn Swinson. - The Oregonian

rSo/2026 OG Bram WaldenArizona State
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  BYU backup quarterback Jacob Conover is leaving the program and will enter the transfer portal, he announced Friday. The three-year backup to Zach Wilson and Jaren Hall departs after being one of BYU's most highly touted recruits, but never getting a start. In his career, Conover attempted just 11 passes and played in five games. With the potential departure of Hall next year, Conover would have likely competed to be BYU's starting quarterback in 2023. That said, the coaching staff never appeared to put their full confidence in Conover to truly take the reins after Hall leaves. Last week, Conover played the entire fourth quarter against Stanford - a total of 22 snaps - but was only allowed to throw the ball once. After the game, head coach Kalani Sitake insisted that it had nothing to do with a lack of faith in Conover to run the offense. Yet, it didn't exactly show a comfort level with the quarterback either. - Salt Lake Tribune

rSo/2026 QB Jacob ConoverArizona State
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  Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne announced Friday on social media that he is putting his name in the transfer portal. Pyne posted on Twitter that being a student-athlete at Notre Dame was "one of my proudest honors ..."as well as, "Now it's time for me to take on a new challenge, and I will be entering the transfer portal." He took over as the starter after Tyler Buchner went out with a season-ending shoulder injury in the second game of the season against Marshall.

Notre Dame went 8-2 with Pyne starting. The third-year player passed for 2,021 yards and 22 touchdowns with six interceptions. He could have as many as three years of eligibility left after having played during the pandemic season of 2020. The Fighting Irish still have a bowl game, and will learn Sunday their opponent and the location. Freshman Steve Angeli is next on Notre Dame's depth chart. He has not attempted a pass this season. - AP College Football

rSo/2026 QB Drew PyneArizona State
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  Notre Dame quarterback Drew Pyne, a 6-0, 205-pound player, tweeted Friday that he is entering the NCAA transfer portal. Pyne, who will have three years of eligibility at his next destination, is not planning to play in the team's bowl game, sources told ESPN on Friday. Pyne started 10 games for Notre Dame this season, leading them to an 8-2 record and finishing No. 20 nationally in individual quarterback efficiency. He threw 22 touchdown passes and six interceptions, rushing for 108 yards and two more scores while completing 64.6% of his passes. He had a 4-1 record against top-25 teams, which was the most wins against top-25 competition at Notre Dame in the past decade.

Pyne's production at such a high-profile school should create a strong market for his services. Pyne's likely last game at Notre Dame highlighted his efficiency and skill set, as he completed 23 of 26 passes for 318 yards in a 38-27 loss to USC. His decisiveness in the pocket stood out to opposing coaches, as they characterized him as a quick-twitch thrower. Pyne took over as Notre Dame's starter against Cal on Sept. 17 in the wake of the upset loss to Marshall. He energized the program after it began the season 0-2 and led it on a run of eight wins in nine games. -

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  2022 ALL-BIG SKY FIRST TEAM: RB Cameron Skattebo (SAC),...Skattebo is the third Sacramento State player to earn Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year following running back Charles Roberts (1998, 1999) and quarterback Kevin Thomson (2019). Skattebo was also named to the all-Big Sky first team after a season in which he rushed for 1,251 yards. The sophomore also caught 24 passes for 281 yards and finished the year with nine total touchdowns (5 rushing, 3 receiving, 1 kick return). He had seven 100-yard games during the season, including a season high 201 at Eastern Washington. The Rio Linda, Calif., native is currently sixth in school single season history for rushing yards and is second with an average of 7.41 yards per carry. Skattebo was also named a finalist for the Walter Payton Award which is presented to the top offensive player in the FCS. - Sacramento State Football

rJr/2025 RB Cameron SkatteboArizona State
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  2022 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Cameron Skattebo, RB (SAC),...Skattebo was the Big Sky's leading rushing at 113.7 yards per game, racking up 1,251 total yards on the ground for the year. The running back also led the league in yards per carry (7.4) and all-purpose yards per game (150.0), not to mention being a regular in making highlight reels. - Big Sky Football

rJr/2025 RB Cameron SkatteboArizona State
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  NOV 14 ASUN FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Demetries Ford, Austin Peay, Senior, Defensive Back, South Miami, Fla.,...First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award; marked second all-time for the Govs...Recorded a pair of key interceptions in a 31-14 win at Kennesaw State...First interception came in the endzone to neutralize a KSU scoring threat in the second quarter...Second pick shut down another KSU scoring threat and he returned the interception 45 yards to set the Governors offense up for a scoring drive...Leads the FCS in passes defended. Other Nominees: David Walker, Central Arkansas; Matthew Jackson, Eastern Kentucky; Kolbi Fuqua, Jacksonville State. - ASUN Conference Football

rSr/2024 CB Demetries FordArizona State
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  OCT 31 PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS & FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Jordyn Tyson, Fr., WR/KR, Colorado (Allen, Texas),...In Colorado's 42-34 loss to Arizona State, Tyson had 246 all-purpose yards: he had career-highs of five receptions for 115 yards, earning 5 first downs while scoring a touchdown on a 58-yard reception, tying his career-long...The 115 yards are the 3rd most receiving by a true freshman ever at Colorado...He returned 4 punts for 131 yards, including an 88-yard sprint for a TD; it tied the 6th-longest punt return in school history.

The 246 all-purpose yards are the most by a freshman in school history (39 more than the previous mark)...1st player to win both the Freshman and Special Teams honors in the same week since the Freshman award was created prior to the 2019 season...1st Colorado player to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week since the award was created...1st Colorado player to be named Pac-12 Special Teams player of the Week since Trevor Woods in Week 7 of 2021. Also nominated for Special Teams: Christian Gonzalez, DB, Oregon; Nicholas Barr-Mira, K, UCLA; Tyler Loop, K, Arizona...Also nominated for Freshman: Jaylon Glover, RB, Utah; David Bailey, EDGE, Stanford; Mason Murphy, OL, USC. - Pac-12 Football

So/2026 WR Jordyn TysonArizona State
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  Trenton Bourguet threw for 435 yards and three touchdowns, all of which went to tight end Jalin Conyers, and Xazavian Valladay ran for three touchdowns as Arizona State racked up 557 total yards and held off a late push for a 42-34 victory against Colorado on Saturday night. The Sun Devils (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12) scored a touchdown on each of their first two drives, going a combined 139 yards in 15 plays. Bourguet completed his first nine passes for 161 yards. On its way to a 28-17 halftime lead, an Arizona State offense that entered the night averaging 353.6 yards had put up 327 while averaging 8.4 yards per play. It finished the game with 10 plays of at least 20 yards.

Despite allowing those gaudy offensive numbers, Colorado (1-7, 1-4) remained competitive for much of the first half. On a third-and-12 late in the second quarter, Buffaloes quarterback J.T. Shrout found freshman wide receiver Jordyn Tyson in stride for a 58-yard touchdown to get within 21-17. The Sun Devils, however, responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Valladay. Arizona State led by at least 15 points for much of the second half, but an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown from Tyson got Colorado within 42-34 with 3:50 remaining. The Sun Devils were able to mount a seven-play, 36-yard drive that ran out the clock. Valladay, the Football Bowl Subdivision active leader in career yards rushing, ran for 118 yards, giving the Wyoming transfer more than 4,000 for his career. - Arizona State/AP College Football

rSr/2024 QB Trenton BourguetArizona State
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  Arizona State has been searching for its go-to receiver the last few seasons, but the potential answer was waiting for his turn to play. Following two seasons that involved taking reps on the scout team and earning limited touches last season, Elijhah Badger has steadily emerged as a top target this season. ASU's passing game floundered last season with 12 touchdowns, tied for the second-lowest in the Pac-12. Ricky Pearsall led the team with four touchdowns. Pearsall was expected to have more of a role this season on offense, but transferred to Florida during the spring. His absence gave Badger more of a position to take over. The redshirt sophomore eased into the offense in Week 1 with four catches for 38 yards against Northern Arizona. He became the bright spot on the offense within Week 2 against Oklahoma State with 91 yards and a touchdown on six catches.

Since then, he's led the receivers with four touchdowns on 490 yards. "I'm really comfortable now I know the plays," Badger said. "I'm really comfortable with everything and I'm playing into what the offense is doing right now." Badger was the energizer in last week's game that otherwise was a quiet offensive effort. In the first half, he churned out 87 yards on four catches. Badger's speed was on full display as he outran two Stanford defensive backs and caught Emory Jones' pass for a 39-yard touchdown in the second quarter. "We knew what we were going to get with him from an athletic standpoint," ASU interim head coach Shaun Aguano said. "Now comes the maturity and mental and making sure you can do it every play, and he's getting better and better. As you see he's making huge plays. I thought he was one of the better players on the field in that game." - Arizona Republic

rJr/2025 WR Elijhah BadgerArizona State
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