Getting to know ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly
"I just have to stay calm," newly announced ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly told Arizona Republic reporter Doug Haller on Sunday.
Fortunately, staying calm is something Kelly's coaches, family and friends say he is an expert at.
"Taylor has this sixth sense about him, where he just knows how to make things happen," Kelly's former high school football coach Paul Peterson told Haller. "When there's stress and high pressure, he's always had this innate ability to win and come out on the good side of things."
Kelly wasn't expected to win ASU's quarterback position, but his solid, steady improvement during the preseason camp and daily practices started winning over coaches, Haller writes.
Kelly's final performance at Camp Tontozona resulted in head football coach Todd Graham naming him starting quarterback.
In the article, Haller discusses Kelly's background as an athlete in Idaho, where he was raised, and growing up working on his grandparent's ranch, "building fences, moving dams, going on cattle drives," Haller writes.
"Sports were in his blood. Kathy Kelly played basketball and volleyball in college. His dad, John Kelly, was an All-American javelin thrower at Utah State and trained for the 1988 Olympics."
This Thursday, the Sun Devils face the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks at home, in Sun Devil Stadium, where Kelly will have his first chance to prove his mettle to his fellow Sun Devils and all ASU fans.
Learn more about Kelly by accessing the article below.