Keller passes Carpenter to win ASU starting QB job

Updated: August 19, 2006, 2:42 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter has chosen senior Sam Keller as the team's starting quarterback for a Aug. 31 opener against Div. I-AA Northern Arizona.

Koetter chose Keller over sophomore Rudy Carpenter, ending one of the most competitive battles in the preseason.

"It was a tough decision, very difficult decision," said Koetter, who informed the players of his decision before the team's scrimmage on Friday night. "We went with the guy we think is the best guy for our situation that ...

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