Now that the Arizona State Sun Devils have named redshirt sophomore Taylor Kelly as the starting quarterback for the Aug. 30 opener against Northern Arizona, the team has its No. 1 signal caller.
But for how long? How short will the leash on Kelly be, and furthermore, how much will talented backup Michael Eubank play in the opener and beyond, and will he eventually take over as the starter this season?
House of Sparky's Brad Denny takes a look back at the three-man quarterback competition and how Kelly, who wasn't the favorite to win the job at the outset, emerged as coach Todd Graham's choice. Denny writes:
"While he's not a 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."
The Sun Devils will miss Brock Osweiler, the clear leader of their offense in 2011, who departed for the NFL. But the new administration under Graham has a chance to make its mark with new personnel on the field. All eyes will be on Kelly and Graham.
Talk about Kelly and the quarterbacks with Arizona State football fans by heading on over to House of Sparky.