Tuesday Tape Room: Taylor Kelly does not hesitate
Tuesday Tape Room is Pac-12 Networks football analyst (and former USC assistant coach) Yogi Roth’s chance to break down tape in search of details worth focusing on — similar to what’s happening in team meetings throughout the conference today.
Coaches look for ‘teachable moments’ as they break down game film. It could be a backside wide receiver who races across the field to make a key block, or an offensive lineman who hustles to recover a fumble. Or when a special teams player does not block behind the ball on a big return. These moments are usually not seen by the naked eye, but they go a long way when developing a culture within a program.
This week Arizona State head coach Todd Graham has a teachable moment on tape with his budding star quarterback, Taylor Kelly.
In week three against Missouri, Kelly led his team on a second-half comeback only to fall short at the end of the game. He had a chance complete a pass that would have given ASU the lead late in the game but hesitated on his release, which resulted in an interception:
This past Saturday, against an aggressive Utah defense that prides itself on pressuring the quarterback and playing man coverage, Kelly found himself in a similar situation in the 2nd quarter.
He dropped back to pass, planted his back foot, took one hitch and transferred his weight to dial up a seam route. This time Kelly did not hesitate; he stood tall in the pocket and made a throw that proved to himself and the ASU staff that he could learn from week to week:
Kelly’s ability to not make the same mistake twice is critical for his growth, particularly in a spread attack that prides itself on moving the ball quickly, thus forcing Kelly to have a short memory and not hesitate.