TEMPE, Ariz. -- This time a year ago, Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly was battling just to maintain relevance, largely forgotten in favor of fellow signal callers Michael Eubank and Mike Bercovici.
This year, Kelly enjoys the luxury of incumbency. Firmly entrenched as the Sun Devils' quarterback, he's been able to work this spring on polishing the finer points of his approach.
No longer worried about trying to win a job, Kelly can focus on the things he must do to keep it and help elevate ASU to another level. And coach Todd Graham has said that while the quarterback position, like all others, remains a constant competition, Kelly is the starter.
"It's going to be a competition, ain't no question about that," Graham said. "But it's not like it was last spring. When a guy has earned it on the field the way he has, he's got to be beat out.
"When we came out of spring, Taylor Kelly was the third-string quarterback. He came in the fall, he worked and developed himself, he was...