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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

August 20, 2012 at 4:34 PM

ASU names a quarterback: Kelly

Arizona State’s first-year head coach, Todd Graham, has selected the quarterback he hopes will launch the Graham regime in proper fashion: It’s Taylor Kelly, whom most observers had figured for No. 3 in the battle when fall camp opened. One of Kelly’s assets in camp has been his ability not to make the killing interception.

Kelly, a 6-1, 203-pound third-year sophomore from Eagle, Idaho, has beaten out Mike Bercovici and Michael Eubank, although Eubank clearly figures in the Sun Devils’ plans as a runner who has Cam Newton-like size: 6-5 and 242 pounds.

With the naming of Brett Hundley at UCLA and Jordan Webb at Colorado, it means there are only really two quarterback battles still to be resolved (assuming it’s Jordan Wynn at Utah and Jeff Tuel at WSU). But they are two big ones: Oregon’s, between Bryan Bennett and Marcus Mariota; and Stanford’s, with Brett Nottingham and Josh Nunes.

Meanwhile, ASU fans with a sense for omens and geography are hoping Kelly can somehow approximate the history of another prominent Idahoan who did fairly well in the desert: Jake Plummer.

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