The Arizona State passing game has exceeded expectations so far in 2012. Despite coming in with a new offensive scheme, a new quarterback and a host of unproven pass catchers, the Sun Devils ranked 26th nationally through the air with over 291 yards-per-game.
This week, both ends of the passing game's best combination received some recognition as they were added to award watch lists.
Quarterback Taylor Kelly has been added to the Manning Award, which honors the top quarterback while also factoring in his play through bowl season. In his first season as the Sun Devils' starter, Kelly has posted the nation's third-best passer efficiency rating at 175.98, while throwing for 1,600 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Kelly's favorite target also picked up a nod, as Chris Coyle was added to the Mackey Award watch list, which honors the nation's best tight end. Through six games, Coyle has team-highs with 28 receptions and 386 yards, as well as two touchdowns. The 6-foot-3 junior is resurrecting the position this year after the tight end had all but disappeared from the Sun Devil offense under the previous coaching staff.