Regardless if Arizona State running back Marion Grice plays Monday in the Holiday Bowl or not, the Sun Devils can rely on a tremendous passing game.
A passing game cannot be great without a good quarterback. Redshirt junior Taylor Kelly is on the job for Arizona State.
Kelly has terrific presence in the pocket and understands the game well. Hailing from Eagle, Idaho, where he was named 2009 Gatorade Idaho Player of the Year, Kelly has thrown for 3,510 yards and 28 touchdowns this season.
Kelly is mobile too, capable of throwing strikes on the run. The 6-foot-2 signal caller has shown accuracy while rolling out and extending plays. Many of these throws lead to touchdowns.
Behind Grice, who may or may not play, Kelly is the second leading rusher for the Sun Devils. His feet have netted 473 yards and eight touchdowns. That spells trouble for a Texas Tech defense known to struggle against dual-threat quarterbacks. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin bent the Red Raider defense early in the season, but Tech's situation was much different during their third game of the season.
Since holding Boykin, Tech defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt has dealt with injuries to J.J. Gaines, Tre' Porter, Dartwan Bush and more. The dismissal of Blake Dees for team rules did not help with the experienced depth at linebacker. The bowl game is no exception to the past games featuring key players being left out as junior defensive back Austin Stewart did not make the trip to San Diego.
Texas Tech will have their hands full against Kelly and Arizona State, so the Red Raider offense will need to keep Kelly off the field.
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