Taylor Kelly, Arizona State team mechanic
There are a lot of things you can call Taylor Kelly. Arizona State starting quarterback. Second team All-Pac-12. College graduate.
Add this one to the list: team mechanic (as previously mentioned by the ESPN Pac-12 Blog).
His love for drag racing has been well documented, but his affinity for cars goes beyond the glitz and glamour. The Sun Devils’ signal caller doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty under the hood.
“If someone needs a jump or a tire fixed, an oil change or even just a ride to the stadium, I’m willing to do that,” Kelly said Thursday at Pac-12 Football Media Day. “Guys ask me if they have problems with their car, I’ll give them tips on that.”
One guy who has received car pointers from Kelly is offensive lineman Jamil Douglas. And if Kelly is lucky, he might even get to work on Douglas' car.
“He actually wants me to pay him if he works on my car,” Douglas said, adding that Kelly says that in jest. “He’s a genius when it comes to cars.”
Giving his teammates advice and driving around with Arizona Republic reporters will have to be the extent of Kelly’s love affair with cars for now, because head coach Todd Graham has retired him from drag racing.
“He was starting quarterback and then I [see a story on TV]," Graham said. “He was drag racing, so I called him and he said, ‘Well, Coach, I thought you were a fan of racing.’ I said, ‘Well, yeah. You can race if you want to, you’re just not going to be our starting quarterback. It’s no big deal.’”