Jan 06

Yes, the second-team All-Pac-12 selection quarterback is returning to school to try and defend the Pac-12 South Championship.

He tossed 28 touchdowns (and only had 12 interceptions), ran for another nine, and led his team to a 10-4 mark and an 8-1 record in the Pac-12 regular season. He has led his team to road wins at six different Pac-12 schools in his past two seasons and to 13-5 conference regular season mark in the past two seasons, tops in the Pac-12 South.

Yes, this is the reminder of just how good of a year and career Taylor Kelly has had.

Here are some notes on Taylor Kelly compared to Brett Hundley of UCLA, who today announced he is returning to UCLA for his junior season.

That move is good for all of college football and our league, and a reminder to Sun Devil fans the projected top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft visits Sun Devil Stadium next fall. The Pac-12 announces the schedule real soon (Jan. 10 last year), and ASU’s home schedule also includes Pac-12 champion Stanford and Notre Dame (Nov. 8 already set in stone), along with visits by Weber State, Colorado and Washington State.

But just a a reminder of how good of a season our guy had this year, well, might as well compare him to the person everyone is talking about today (and with good reason).

Kelly (259.6); Hundley (236.2)
PASSING EFFICIENCY: Hundley (152.9); Kelly (139.6)
TOTAL OFFENSE: Kelly (303.1 YPG); Hundley (293.8 YPG)
TOUCHDOWN PASSES/INTERCEPTIONS: Kelly (28/12); Hundley (24/9)
COMPLETION/ATT (.PCT): Kelly (302-484/.624); Hundley (248-371/.668)

Want some other decent side-by-side career notes?

—Kelly has thrown for 57 touchdowns and just 21 interceptions in his career. Hundley is at 53 and 20.

—In the past two years, ASU is 18-9 overall under Kelly, UCLA is 19-8 under Hundley.

—Both of the QBs will be trying to host the Pac-12 title game (which Kelly did in 2013) and get to the Rose Bowl.

Next year’s UCLA-ASU tilt at Sun Devil Stadium will be here fast.

And there will be two great quarterbacks on the field that day.

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