TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly doesn't know a whole lot about Kevin Hogan, his counterpart at Stanford, but he knows enough.
"I know he's a great football player," Kelly said. "I'm excited to play against him."
Quarterbacks don't exactly go head to head, but Saturday's game between No. 23 ASU and No. 5 Stanford features a matchup of two of the Pac-12's elite signal callers -- and with similar abilities.
Discussing the top tier of Pac-12 quarterbacks during fall camp, ASU coach Todd Graham mentioned four: Kelly, Hogan, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley.
"I'm very impressed with their quarterback," Graham said of Hogan. "He reminds me so much of Taylor. His ability to extend plays is phenomenal. He is the key to their offense."
Graham has made the comparison more than once this week and expressed a clear respect for what Hogan has done in just seven games as a starter. Stanford coach David Shaw said he, too, sees the similarities.
"I do, wi...