SAN FRANCISCO — Taylor Kelly knows he can’t relax. Not with Michael Eubank and Mike Bercovici still wanting his job as Arizona State’s starting quarterback. Not with a talented quarterback from Alpharetta, Ga., committed to the Sun Devils’ 2013 recruiting class.

“I know entering next season I’m going to have to work even harder,” Kelly said Wednesday.

Before that process begins, Kelly has one last item on this season’s to-do list: win Saturday’s Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl showdown against Navy at AT&T Park.

For the Sun Devils, it would mean an eighth win in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season. For Kelly, it would complete a season in which few thought he was capable.

In fact, many fans — and media members — didn’t even think he would be here today. Kelly exited spring drills in April as ASU’s third-string quarterback behind Bercovici and Eubank. Third-string quarterbacks usually don’t stick around. They transfer. They go away.

Read more about Kelly in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.