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 in every way. He used all his weapons, he hit his targets, he ...