The afterthought in the Arizona State Sun Devils' three-man quarterback competition leading into this season, Taylor Kelly didn't blink in keeping his effort and mindset focused. And despite the size of Michael Eubank and Mike Bercovici's arm, it was Kelly who coach Todd Graham named the replacement for Brock Osweiler.
Kelly's background has much to do with the perseverance, according to The Associated Press:
"That guy is a winner. How he conducts himself, how he carries himself, he's a winner. He's just got that 'it factor.' You can look him in the eye on game day and see it."
Growing up in Idaho had much to do with that. Kelly spent much time on his grandparents' ranch, where his work ethic and ability to diagnose then solve problems on the fly developed.
He's used that experience to lead the Pac-12 in quarterback efficiency. Kelly's rating of 182.2 is tops, and his 72 percent accuracy bodes well for a guy who's quickly become known for his ability to make plays when things break down.
The 6'1 sophomore has 1,000 passing yards this season with six touchdown and two interceptions.