Drew Pyne, one of the top quarterbacks available on the NCAA transfer portal, is moving from Notre Dame to Arizona State, he announced Monday.
Pyne visited ASU over the weekend, according to sources, and clicked with first-year head coach Kenny Dillingham. Pyne appreciated Dillingham’s work developing Bo Nix at Oregon last year and was drawn to the program’s new energy and playing for a quarterback-friendly head coach.
Sources say Pyne also felt momentum building within the program.
The addition of Pyne marks the 26th signing or transfer since Dillingham’s appointment at the end of November, and Pyne left Tempe to be part of building that programme. While ASU had to reload on the offensive line, it’s arguable that none of the individual commitments were bigger than Pyne.
Pyne has three more years of eligibility left. He comes to ASU after starting 10 games at Notre Dame last season, leading him to an 8-2 record and ranked No. 20 nationally in individual quarterback efficiency during the regular season. Pyne completed 22 touchdown passes and 64.6% of his total passes. That 8-2 record included a 4-1 record against the top 25 teams.
Pyne impressed Arizona State staff with his productivity in a pro-style system that’s generally conservative and lacking in dynamic weapons, as Michael Mayer was Notre Dame’s top passing threat in the tight end. Pyne showed toughness in both his ability to create plays and take hits. While not physically imposing at 6ft, 205lbs, Pyne has demonstrated the ability to remain healthy and absorb blows without injuring himself. He also handled the ball, showing quick twitches on his shots and an ability to deliver from different platforms.
Arizona State finished last season 3-9 as many of the program’s top players fled to the transfer portal after the 2021 season when former coach Herm Edwards’ program was unraveled. Edwards was released in September.
The addition of Pyne gives Dillingham’s rebuilding efforts a linchpin for seasons to come. He’ll join some solid offensive arms as both second receiver Elijhah Badger (866 yards) and second tight end Jalin Conyers (422 yards) emerged as two of the more promising young skill players in the Pac-12 last year.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/35287276/ex-notre-dame-qb-drew-pyne-transferring-arizona-state Ex-Notre Dame QB Drew Pyne transferring to Arizona State