Taylor Kelly Becomes Front-Runner in Arizona State Sun Devils' QB Battle

Joey HollandCorrespondent IIAugust 15, 2012

The loss of Brock Osweiler to the National Football League has left a big hole in the middle of Arizona State’s offense.

While replacing a quarterback is never easy to do, the Sun Devils have a particularly challenging task ahead of them, as three talented young players are competing for the starting job.

However, after a week of practice, it looks as though sophomore Taylor Kelly is the current favorite.

“Just being honest with you,” said ASU head coach Todd Graham, according to AZCentral.com. “If we played today, Taylor would be the guy.”

This is surprising, considering the way things looked heading into training camp. It appeared that the final decision would be between redshirt freshman Michael Eubank and sophomore Mike Bercovici.

Eubank, who stands in at 6’5” and 242 pounds, is a tremendous athlete with a lot of potential. Bercovici, who has a strong arm and good pocket presence, was Osweiler’s primary backup last season.

While this decision is not final, it shows Kelly’s improvement as a passer. If he can continue to build on his success so far in fall camp, he may emerge as one of the Pac-12’s most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks.

Make sure to keep your eye on this quarterback battle as it moves forward.