New starter for next year
Arizona State kicker Cristian Zendejas has entered the transfer portal. The Gilbert native held the Sun Devils’ starting job for the entirety of the 2019 season and much of 2020, before experiencing struggles that led to redshirt freshman Jack Luckhurst surpassing Zendejas on the depth chart late this year.
Zendejas was one of the more reliable kickers in the PAC-12 in 2019, but a poor showing in a small sample size in 2020 will likely keep him from returning to Tempe in 2021.
He had been nearly perfect in the short game during his ASU tenure, but struggled mightily with long range kicks from 40-plus yards. He went 2-4 on those kicks in 2020, with one of his misses opening the door for Luckhurst to show off his leg in this year’s Territorial Cup game.
If Zendejas is to depart, Luckhurst will likely be unchallenged as ASU’s starting kicker in what is shaping up to be a promising 2021 campaign.