Dane Guthrie, projected to be Arizona State's starting tight end, is not returning for his senior season. He missed some of spring practice for academic reasons, believed to be responsible for his departure.
Guthrie played at defensive end as a junior then moved back to tight end in the spring because of the departure of Brent Miller, Tyrice Thompson and Brady Conrad at that position. He caught four passes in 2006 after sitting out a season following his transfer from Florida.With Guthrie and Lance Evbuomwan, a tight end who is transferring, ASU's tight end candidates include Stanley Malamala, a recent transfer from Golden West College; senior Andrew Pettes; junior Jovon Williams; redshirt freshman Dan Knapp; and true freshman Steven Figueroa. Another true freshman, Toa Tuitea, is a defensive end/tight end.
Guthrie is the fifth player to leave the program this year. A team is at risk of losing scholarships if its Academic Progress Rate is below 925 and one or more ineligible players transfer.
The ASU football APR for 2006-07 was 933 and is not expected to fall below 925 for 2007-08.