The Arizona State Sun Devils are going to be playing two quarterbacks in their season-opener against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. Taylor Kelly won the starting job a few weeks ago, but Michael Eubank should also see some time in the season-opener. Here is what Arizona State head coach Todd Graham had to say about this particular arrangement in today's press conference.
"Taylor will be the every down guy and Mike (Eubank) is going to play as he progresses. Eubank’s package is going to continue to grow. We are going to have Taylor do the things he does well and Mike do the things he does well. We are pretty comfortable using two quarterbacks but I do think that Taylor will get the majority of the reps. It wont be half and half. It will be more like two-thirds and a third. Here’s the thing, if I call a play and it works, obviously I am going to call that play again. It depends on what’s working. I’m hoping we can play 80-plus plays with Taylor playing 50 and Mike playing about 30."
Kelly is probably the most complete of the three quarterbacks. He has a good grasp of the playbook and can take command of the offense the best, which is why he'll be starting the majority of the snaps. However, Eubank does provide some tantalizing upside. Although his passing needs some work, his running skills could come in very handy for Graham's offense. ASU will be all about up-tempo offense and attacking in all phases of the game, and Eubank could provide that additional dimension with his run attack to complement Kelly's all-around ability and Cameron Marshall's feature-back status.