TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 29: Quarterback Taylor Kelly #10 of the Arizona State Sun Devils rushes the football past David Goldberg #55 of the Colorado Buffaloes during the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Buffaloes 48-14. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Arizona State entered fall camp with a three-man quarterback battle waiting to be solved. It's now clear.
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Kelly has emerged as the leader of the pack and will be the Sun Devils' starter on Aug. 30 against Northern Arizona, per Craig Morgan.of Fox Sports Arizona.
Taylor Kelly will start at QB for ASU, Michael Eubank will also get snaps.— Craig Morgan (@cmorgancbsfoxaz) August 20, 2012
A season ago, Kelly served as a backup to Brock Osweiler, now with the Denver Broncos after being selected in the second round of last April's NFL draft. Kelly, a 6-foot-1, 203-pound signal caller, appeared in two games: the opener against UC Davis and Arizona State's homecoming game against Colorado. In total, he completed all four of his passes for 31 yards -- all against the Aggies.
It comes as a bit of a surprise, slightly, as Eubank stands at 6-foot-5 and 242 pounds, drawing a handful of comparisons in terms of his physicality to former Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Though it sounds like Eubank will certainly play/
While he's not the strong-armed and polished passer like Bercovici nor a running threat the caliber of Eubank, Kelly has improved his passing game-especially on deep throws-while being a speedy running threat outside of the pocket. While his physical skills and stature (6-foot-1, 203 pounds) won't turn a lot of heads, his game management skills stood out among the group and landed him the starting job. For now.
So he is, for now. Sound off. Taylor Kelly as the starter?