Arizona State football coach Shaun Aguano said he was never in favor of a player losing his starting spot due to injury. So it’s Emory Jones back as the starting quarterback for the Sun Devils (4-2, 1-2), who are now gearing up for a showdown against Stanford (2-4, 1-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday on the road.
Jones, who won the starting job after being transferred from Florida in May, was ejected from the ASU house against No. 21 Washington on October 8. He received a blow to the head from the Huskies’ Asa Tuner while sliding at the end. of a game in the second quarter with ASU trailing 10-3.
Turner was ejected for targeting and Jones did not return.
Replacement Trenton Bourguet came in and did an admirable job, completing 15 of 21 attempts for 182 yards and three touchdowns. The only flaw in an otherwise stellar performance was an interception that led to a Washington touchdown that tied the score at 38 early in the fourth quarter.
The Sun Devils responded with Bourguet throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Elijhah Badger for the touchdown that proved to be the difference in the 45-38 upset.
During his usual Monday briefing, Aguano said Jones was fully cleared.
ASU’s offense struggled offensively early in the season, and while all the blame can’t be placed directly on Jones, some members of the fanbase lobbied for Bourget to get the chance to play. be the starter.
Jones got off to a good start before being knocked out of the game with 59 yards on a 7-for-9 pass. His running ability gives the offense a dynamic that doesn’t exist with Bourguet taking the shots.
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“My philosophy was that we’re never going to penalize an injured player, so that’s Emory’s job and we’ll see how it all plays out,” Aguano said. “We’re going to handle it exactly the same way we’ve prepared all the rest of the games. Emory is completely cleared and he’s back, so in our racks, in our practice periods, we give the first guy mostly most reps and then the next guy four or five reps.”
Aguano, who took the reins of the program from Herm Edwards’ departure, also said he was not a fan of a dual quarterback system as he believes continuity and a quarterback picking up a pace offense are important.
“I’ve never been a fan of splitting quarters just because of the pace someone is going,” he said. “Now if someone doesn’t do the job, I’m here to win football games too. So if someone doesn’t do the job, I can make those decisions very quickly, but I don’t think that split reps or split sets, just the continuity of the game doesn’t bode well in my experience.
Aguano doubled down on past comments that he wasn’t surprised Bourguet got the breakout match because of how well he is preparing, even as a substitute. Bourguet said he would like to be a coach one day, so he is studious in his approach which meant he was more than ready when called upon.
Henderson likely out
The bye week was a huge help for a number of injured players. Aguano said most are expected to return for this week’s game. The exception will likely be left guard LaDarius Henderson who suffered a hand injury in the second half of the game against Washington.
Henderson, also one of the team’s captains, was the second starter without ASU in that game with Emmit Bohle starting for Des Holmes at right tackle. Ben Bray came in to relieve Henderson and despite being understaffed, that unit didn’t allow a sack.
Aguano said Henderson was going to get another hand assessment, but he expected Henderson probably wasn’t ready to play this week.
Edwards takeover decided
When Edwards left, athletic director Ray Anderson said the school was still negotiating a buyout. Well, that’s been resolved and Edwards is getting a 50% buyout of his remaining salary, which is around $4.4 million paid through 2024.
Edwards, who was earning $3.7 million in 2021, signed a two-year contract extension in January 2020, extending his contract until December 2024.
The base salary in the contract extension was $700,000 with a bonus of $2.8 million and an increase of $200,000 per year, with additional compensation for conference performance, regular season wins and bowl appearances.
Edwards will keep his $590,000 academic performance bonus, his benefits until April 2024 or the date he starts another job, and about half the money from the remaining years of his contract.
Announced game times
ASU’s game at Colorado on Oct. 29 kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Arizona time and will air on ESPNU.
Other games that day will pit Oregon against California at 12:30 p.m. on FOX or FS1, USC at Arizona at 4 p.m. on Pac-12 Network and Stanford at UCLA at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.
There’s also a Thursday game that week with Utah at Washington State at 7 p.m. on FS1.
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