TEMPE, Ariz. -- Much like his first two seasons at Arizona State, Taylor Kelly's first two quarters against Missouri last week did little to inspire confidence.
The third-year sophomore started the game 1 for 8 passing for six yards, threw an interception that led to a touchdown and seemed rattled by a loud road atmosphere. Two quarters later, he had two head coaches singing his praises.
During his ascent to the starting quarterback job and first three games under center, Kelly has made believers out of fans, coaches and teammates who a month and a half ago considered him a distant third in a three-man quarterback competition.
"There's no doubt he will be a star quarterback," ASU coach Todd Graham said after his team's 24-20 road loss.
Added Missouri coach Gary Pinkel: "He made a couple of plays that most guys could never make."
Graham admitted openly that Kelly was a long shot to win ASU's starting quarterback job after spring practice. Entering fall camp, big-armed sophomore...