Is Todd Graham about to pull a fast one?

August, 14, 2012
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There were two sorts handicapping Arizona State's quarterback competition.

There were the Mike Bercovici guys: "Dude can throw the rock." And there were the Michael Eubank enthusiasts: "Dude is a specimen."

You'd be hard-pressed to find many in the Taylor Kelly camp. I know: "Who?" you say.

Well, guess who's pulled ahead in this three-way competition?

Yep, Kelly.

Coach Todd Graham told the Arizona Republic that Kelly would start if the Sun Devils played this weekend.

From the Republic:
The coaching staff will continue to evaluate all three quarterbacks, especially during Saturday's scrimmage at Camp Tontozona.

"By no means do we think anybody's out of the competition," Graham said. "We have this week, and Saturday's scrimmage is going to be big, but right now, throughout the camp, Taylor's the guy who has managed the ball the best. And I'll be real honest with you: Coming in, he wasn't."

The player with the most to lose is Bercovici, a sophomore and the 2011 backup to Brock Osweiler. Eubank, a redshirt freshman, is going to see action -- potentially significant action -- because of his running ability and general upside.

Kelly is a split-the-difference option. He's a better runner than Bercovici and a more polished passer than Eubank. During spring practices, however, he seemed a clear No. 3. Now it's only clear that he used his offseason well and made himself better.

Is it just me or is there a lesson in there for young players who find themselves looking up from the bottom of the depth chart and ignored by media reports?

Ted Miller | email

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