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Taylor Kelly | Quarterback

Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 203

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Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly and Stanford redshirt junior QB Kevin Hogan received free agent preseason grades from draft insider Tony Pauline.
Pauline's extended thoughts are to follow the next few days. It is a notable projection, since many list Kelly and Hogan among the top five seniors at their position. We, on the other hand, side closer with Pauline regarding Kelly's label compared to those who label him a top two day prospect. Among Pac-12 quarterbacks, Pauline ranks them in this order: Marcus Mariota (first-round), Brett Hundley (second-round), Sean Mannion (fifth-round) and Cody Kessler (sixth- or seventh-round). Jul 7 - 2:15 PM

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Arizona State senior QB Taylor Kelly is "athletic, instinctive, a gifted passer" according to Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

Kelly threw for 3,635 yards on a school record 67.1% completions to go with 28 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions in 2013, earning Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. He also ran for 823 yards -- excluding sacks -- and scored nine rushing TDs. "Kelly has a slim build, especially in his lower half, which will raise concerns about his ability to stand up to pressure in the NFL, despite the fact that he's proven durable throughout his collegiate career," Rang wrote. "He has a quick set-up and release but is allowed to simply flick passes without stepping into them based on the quick tempo of this read-option attack. When he steps into his throws, Kelly can deliver passes with impressive velocity. When he doesn't, however, too many of Kelly's passes flutter. Kelly's ball placement, especially on intermediate and deep passes with low trajectory, is inconsistent, though he does show good touch." The 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior runs a 4.84 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 17 - 9:22 PM's Brad Denny thinks Arizona State senior Taylor Kelly has a shot to be ASU's best QB ever.

"Kelly's 2013 may have been the greatest single-season statistical performance ever seen by a Sun Devil quarterback. He threw for 3,635 yards and 28 touchdowns while running for 852 gross yards (608 after sack yardage factored in) with another nine touchdowns. His 4,243 yards of total offense set an ASU single-season record," writes Denny. Thanks to ASU's up-tempo attack, Kelly has benefited greatly with the number of offensive plays and the ability to take advantage of defenses, as a dual-threat QB. With playmakers like WR Jaelen Strong, RB D.J. Foster and TE De'Marieya Nelson returning, Kelly has an opportunity to add on to the 18 wins he's compiled over the last two years, as the Sun Devils starting quarterback.
May 24 - 11:47 PM

Despite announcing that sophomore Taylor Kelly will start at QB, Arizona State also plans on giving freshman Michael Eubank snaps during games.

This means the Sun Devils plan on using a two quarterback system. Kelly has only thrown four passes during his collegiate career after backing up Brock Osweiler last season, but he did take the majority of first team reps during offseason workouts. The sophomore was praised for his lack of turnovers during summer sessions. We stand by the line that if you have two quarterbacks, you don't actually have one, but these two signal callers are young and inexperienced, so one could take sole ownership of the job with solid play.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 05:29:00 PM

Arizona State sophomore Taylor Kelly took the majority of reps with the first team offense during the Sun Devils' first weekend of practice.

Sophomore Mike Bercovici had the edge coming in to preseason camp, but he tendency to throw interceptions has loosened his grip on the position. "The guy that has not turned the ball over is Taylor," said head coach Todd Graham. "So Taylor's been impressive. Today, Bercovici turned it over twice. We just can't do that." Graham added, "if you ask me, 'Who has done the best the first two days?' I think Taylor has."
Source: Rivals
Mon, Aug 6, 2012 12:25:00 PM