Pac-12 Player Of The Week Highlights Awards For Football’s Kelly
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University quarterback Taylor Kelly has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, the Pac-12 Conference announced Monday.
Kelly passed for five touchdowns and ran for two more as he accounted for 42 points in the Sun Devils’ 55-21 road win over Washington State on Oct. 31. He completed 22-of-31 passes for 275 yards and added 66 rushing yards.
Kelly was also selected as one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week. Fans can vote on Facebook at the Allstate Sugar Bowl page to select the overall Manning Player of the Week. Voting closes on Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. MT.
In addition, Kelly earned honorable mention quarterback performer of the week honors from College Football Performance Awards, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors from Athlon Sports, College Sports Madness National Offensive Player of the Week and was also nominated for the SEVEN Magazine Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 Player of the Week Award. All voting for the Las Vegas Bowl weekly honor is done by fans through the organization’s official Facebook page. Voting will run through Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. MT.
It marked the third time Kelly has thrown for five touchdowns in a game in his career and the second time he’s done it this season. He has been responsible for 66 points the last two games and ranks fourth in the nation in points responsible for per game at 21.5.
ASU has scored 50-plus points five times this season, including four in Pac-12 Conference play, and Kelly leads an offense that is averaging 46.6 points per game, a mark that ranks sixth in the nation.
Kelly’s 23 touchdown passes this season rank second in the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation, and his 314 passing yards per game are the fourth most in the Pac-12 despite attempting more than 100 passes fewer than the three quarterbacks ahead of him. He ranks in the top 12 in the nation in completions per game (eighth, 24.38 cpg), passing yards per game (12th, 313.90 ypg) and total offense (seventh, 353.30 ypg).
Kelly joins safety Alden Darby and placekicker Zane Gonzalez as the third Sun Devil to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this season.
2013 ASU Pac-12 Players Of The Week
Alden Darby (D), Sept. 30
Zane Gonzalez (ST), Oct. 21
Taylor Kelly (O), Nov. 4
Senior safety Alden Darby has been nominated for the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week. Fans can vote at http://lottimpacttrophy.org/vote/ and voting will run until 7 p.m. MT on Nov. 4.
Darby led the Sun Devils with eight tackles, including seven solo, and also forced one fumble and broke up three passes in ASU’s win over Washington State. Darby previously earned Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honors following his performance against USC on Sept. 28.
The Sun Devils (6-2, 4-1) travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, to take on the University of Utah Utes on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. AZ/MT. The game can be seen live on Pac-12 Networks.