- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Head coach Todd Graham announced Kelly has won the starting job, though we can still expect a heavy dose of the athletic Michael Eubank throughout the season considering the offense Graham wants to run in his first year at ASU.
Kelly beat out Eubank, a redshirt freshman and sophomore Mike Bercovici, who backed up Brock Osweiler last season.
Kelly, a redshirt sophomore, will make his start against Northern Arizona on Aug. 30.
With the 6-1, 203-pound Kelly, Graham gets a best-of-both-worlds quarterback who has the ability to make plays with his arm and his feet. Bercovici was the more refined pocket passer of the trio, but the least mobile. And at 6-5, 242 pounds, Eubank was considered the most raw of the three, but his athleticism is tough to ignore.
Kelly had been working a lot with the first-team offense and apparently has done a good job taking care of the ball. Graham has gone out of his way several times to note that ball security was his top priority when evaluating a quarterback.
In a scrimmage on Saturday, Kelly was 6 of 10 for 162 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Eubank was 12 of 16 for 96 yards and a touchdown, but he also carried the ball 15 times for 106 yards and a score.
The Pac-12 quarterback competitions that remain open are Oregon and Stanford.