Monday, September 24, 2012
Pac-12 Player of the Week
By Kevin Gemmell
First, give credit to Arizona State head coach Todd Graham and offensive coordinator Mike Norvell for drawing up the plan against Utah. But as the old saying goes, coaches don't win games, players do.
Which is why ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly is the Pac-12 blog's pick for player of the week. Kelly executed the plan against the Utes with cool precision en route to a 37-7 blowout win over Utah. He was 19 of 26 for 326 yards with three touchdowns.
It was a career day for Kelly against what was supposed to be one of the tougher defenses in the Pac-12 -- North or South. But Kelly carved up the Utes, posting career highs in attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns and rating. He now leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency.
Kelly engineered five consecutive scoring drives to open the game for the Sun Devils, who produced four touchdowns and a field goal to take a 31-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. By the break, Kelly had already surpassed his career high in passing yards.
His touchdowns included a 38-yard strike to Rashad Ross, a 10-yarder to Marion Grice and 13-yard touchdown to Cameron Marshall. He also rushed seven times for 19 yards and was fantastic at keeping plays alive with his feet.
In four games this year, Kelly has completed at least 73 percent of his passes in three of them and twice he's completed better than 78 percent.