Posted September 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN MARSHALL AP College Football Writer Taylor Kelly was about eight when he started working on his grandparents' ranch, fixing fences, moving pipes and driving cattle eight, sometimes 10 hours a day. Adversity was a daily occurrence out on the ranch, whether it was the rough weather of western Idaho, power outages or just trying to figure out where you were in the middle of nowhere. Those early, hard-working days helped shape Kelly, both as a person and a football player. Nimble, humble and at his best under pressure, Kelly has become the unquestioned leader of the Arizona State Sun Devils, a notion that seemed like a longshot not all that long ago. ''My grandpa taught me how to work and that you never take anything for granted, you do your best in everything that you do,'' said Kelly, who grew up in Eagle, just northwest of Boise. ''You do face adversity up there and I think facing that adversity helped me as I grew up....
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