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Taylor Kelly named starting quarterback at Arizona State

By Chris Huston | College Football Writer

The three-way battle for the starting quarterback job at Arizona State appears to be over for now, as new head coach Todd Graham named sophomore Taylor Kelly as his No. 1 quarterback on Monday.

Kelly beat out fellow sophomore Mike Bercovici, who was thought to be the favorite for the position given that he backed up Brock Osweiler last season, and redshirt freshman Michael Eubank.

The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Kelly, a native of Eagle, Idaho, can make plays with his arm and with his feet and is similar in style and stature to Jake Plummer, another Sun Devil great who hailed from the Gem State.

Taylor has just four career pass attemps and he completed all four of them for 31 yards in last season's opener against UC Davis. He also made a brief appearance against Colorado.

He'll get a chance to gain some confidence early on, as ASU hosts Northern Arizona on August 30. The big question as the season goes on will be whether he can hold off Eubank, a 6-5, 245-pounder with terrific athletic skills who Graham also recruited when he was the coach at Pittsburgh.

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