TEMPE, Ariz. -- At a recent Arizona State practice, offensive coordinator Mike Norvell got all over second-year starting quarterback Taylor Kelly. Kelly had made a mistake, and Norvell let him have it.
But that wasn't enough. Norvell got on Kelly again a few minutes later for his passive reaction to the previous criticism, demanding he instead use it motivation to improve. Harsh as it may seem, it's all tough love aimed at making Kelly better.
Coaches have pushed Kelly at a different level this fall as he tries to take the next step as the Sun Devils' quarterback and leader in a season marked by high expectations.
"I'm coaching him as hard as anybody on that offense because when you step on that field as a quarterback, you've got to be the man," Norvell said. "I'm not looking for the same Taylor Kelly that I had last year. I want the new and improved version, and I'm pushing him to get there."
The idea of a new and improved Kelly has to have coaches even more fired up than it do...