Kelly pleased with spring progress

What a difference a year makes. In spring 2012, quarterback Taylor Kelly was third on the Arizona State depth chart behind Mike Bercovici and Michael Eubank. After winning the job in the fall camp and leading the Sun Devils to an 8-5 record last season, the junior has a strong grasp on the first string role and doesn't seem to be doing anything this spring to relinquish it.

In front of 6,386 fans at this year's Spring Game at Sun Devil Stadium, Taylor Kelly was the leading passer on the day, going 15-21 for 126 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

On the first drive of the day, Kelly and the first team offense took the ball 67 yards and punched it into the end zone for a score against the first team defense.

Kelly said he approached this game with an idea to just work on his fundamentals, something he's been doing all spring.

"My footwork and just protecting the football, coach is always hard on me on that," Kelly said. "We are 8-0 with no interceptions and so I just have to keep improving on that."

The one interception Kelly did throw came on a tipped pass intended for Kevin Ozier that fell into the hands of transfer corner Marlon Pollard. Aside from that, Kelly was very efficient today, completing just over 71 percent of his passes.

Picking up where they left off last year, Kelly and tight end Chris Coyle connected six times through the air for 51 yards, scoring twice.

"The sky is the limit for him," Kelly said of Coyle. "He's going to be the go to guy for me and I just understand where he's at all times. If it's a third down and I need him I can always count on him to make a play."

Overall, Kelly said he thought the team did a good job with the tempo and even though there were a couple of bumps along the way, the made some great plays when they needed to.

Head coach Todd Graham has said in the past that no position is safe. With that in mind, Kelly said he is going to continue to work hard to remain the top signal caller in this offense.

"I have to attack each rep that I do as my last," Kelly said. "(Bercovici and Eubank) want this job just as much as I do and I'm competing with them. I can't slack off at any time."

Now that spring practice is nearing an end, ASU will be welcoming a talented class of recruits that are sure to make an impact as soon as they step on the field in the fall. On whether or not there will be an issue with getting them acclimated with the Sun Devil way, Kelly doesn't think there will be a problem.

"We are going to get them as soon as we can -- probably in June -- and work with them every single day and just get them watching film and let them know that we are trying to win a championship," Kelly said. "Hopefully they'll ride along with us."

Coach Graham mentioned after the game that if this team is to be as good as advertised this year, they need their star players to keep working to get even better.

"I believe that," Kelly said. "Will Sutton, he's working harder than I've ever seen him work before. Alden Darby, Carl Bradford, our whole defense is doing a great job. And guys on the offensive side have done a great job of working we just have got to continue that on into the summer."

When Graham had finished talking to the players after the game, he invited over Sun Devil great Jake Plummer to offer some insight.

"Now spring is over not to let up and take a break off," Kelly said summarizing what Plummer's comments were to the team. "We have got to continue to work even harder in the summer and carry that into fall camp and he told us to just keep leading each other and coaching each other.

"The coaches aren't going to be out there in the summer with us so we just have to keep pushing each other."

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