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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State offensive coordinator Mike Norvell said last week he did not want to see the same Taylor Kelly this season that he saw in 2012. He needed a new and improved version.
In ASU's dominant 55-0 season-opening win over Sacramento State on Thursday night, Kelly showed all the signs of a quarterback who has taken the next step.
"He has a lot more mastery of what we're doing," Graham said. "He's a heck of a quarterback, heck of a leader.
"No question in my mind he's a lot better."
Kelly's performance certainly must be put in context: It came against lower-division Sacramento State, a far inferior opponent. Kelly almost certainly won't throw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in two and a half quarters of football again this season. He won't have as much time to work against tougher defenses. He won't have as many easy opportunities due to blown coverages.
Regardless, Kelly's performance impressed i...
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As coach Todd Graham expected them too, the Sun Devils dismantled Sacramento State in their season opener Thursday night, leaving the field with a 55-0 shutout.
The story of the game was a redshirt junior quarterback Taylor Kelly's dominant performance, in which he went 23 for 31 with 300 yards passing and five touchdowns. He looked every bit like a quarterback ready to top...
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Taylor Kelly threw for 300 yards and matched a career high with five touchdown passes before sitting out most of the second half, helping Arizona State open its second season under coach Todd Graham with a 55-0 rout over Sacramento State on Thursday night.
The Sun Devils opened with a 63-6 win over Northern Arizona in 2012 and quickly took care of another FCS...
Arizona State reportedly has placed an assistant athletic director for recruiting on administrative leave after his arrest in a domestic-violence incident last month.
The Arizona Republic reported Thursday that Sherman Morris was charged by police in suburban Chandler with one count of aggravated assault-serious physical injury and one count of aggravated assault-strangulation on...
The Arizona State Sun Devils don’t have to look far to find inspiration before each home game.
On Wednesday, the ASU equipment staff tweeted out the entrance to the football field from the Sun Devils tunnel. The entrance has a life-size photo of former ASU Sun Devil Pat Tillman walking onto the gridiron to make it look like the late Army Ranger leading the squad onto the field...
With the college football season in full swing, it’s always nice to see when teams recognize that the world is bigger than just football. CBS Sports reports that Arizona State has done just that by putting a portrait of former star LB and Army Ranger Pat Tillman. Tillman was killed on duty in Afghanistan in 2004.
This is Todd Graham’s second season with the Sun Devils, and since...
American hero Pat Tillman will lead his Sun Devils brethren onto the field before every Arizona State home game in the new Tillman Tunnel.
College football programs do all kinds of cool stuff to get players pumped to take the field.
There's Howard's Rock at Clemson and Notre Dame's "Play Like A Champion Today" sign. Purdue wheels out a big ol' drum, Auburn has the War Eagle, Oklahoma has the Sooner Schooner and FSU has Chief Osceola and Renegade, one of several man-on-horse combinations that...
The Arizona State Sun Devils made a fantastic gesture to Pat Tillman and his family when they created this mural so that he would lead the team out onto the field for each game. Definitely one of the greatest gestures that a school has made in a long time.
If Arizona State comes out of the locker room with a little extra passion and fury this fall I can't say I blame them. Last night, Pac-12 beat writer Doug Haller tweeted us a first look at the revamped "Tillman Tunnel" that runs onto the field at Sun Devil Stadium, complete with a new paint job, awning, and Pat Tillman memorial on the door. It's nice to see Arizona...
The ushering in of a new academic year usually means an increase in textbook sales and collective grumbles among college students. But Arizona State University has seen increases in a number that school officials might not be as proud of — student arrests. After only two weekends, the Tempe Police Department has arrested a total of 857 people […]
This season, the doors leading from Arizona State University’s locker room tunnel onto the field turf will be decorated with decals depicting Pat Tillman walking out onto that same field. It’s a pretty great move by the school to honor not only one of their own, but also to pay homage to an American hero.
Tillman, who played safety for the Sun Devils before becoming one of the...
Devils Digest was the only ASU media outlet to interview all nine of Sun Devils’ assistant coaches in the week leading towards the season opener. For those who haven’t read those interviews, or for those who want to review those one more time before the 2013 season kicks off, we offer you a one-stop shop to take a look at the Sun Devils position by position from their coach’s perspective.
Follow our game thread for live updates from Arizona State’s home and season opener against Sacramento State.