Hogan! Juicier role awaits Stanford’s "other" quarterback
Stanford, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Stanford’s spare quarterback Kevin Hogan will receive an expanded role having done his assigned tasks so well.
Coach David Shaw call this a prudent move with starting quarterback Josh Nunes’ shortcomings.
Nunes ranks eighth in the conference in passing efficiency with a 120.0 rating and has completed just 52.6 percent of his passes. Last week he was just 7 of 15 for 136 yards in a victory over Washington State.
“We need to be more efficient in the passing game,” Shaw said. “It’s partially the quarterback, it’s partially not the quarterback.”
While the Stanford coach admits that Hogan has played so well that he deserved more participation, Nunes will remain at the starting line up when the Cardinal visits Colorado.
He feels that Hogan is not ready for the challenge and that he is not ready to take the job from Nunes.
“We’re going to give Kevin a bit more time, but at same time we’re also going to play Josh. We’ll let that play out. Each guy has their things that we are packaging together that will hopefully make us a more efficient offense,” he said.
Shaw estimated he will give Hogan 12 to 20 snaps against Colorado. He also sees him running the spread option, his comfort zone, and at the same time throwing from the pocket.
But Nunes is amenable to Hogan’s expanded role, admitting that the latter has done a lot of good things on the field. “If it helps get a ‘W,’ I’m all for it,” he said.
The two players will have to compete not only for the starting role, but also for plays. This set up should bring out the competitive spirit in Nunes, according to Shaw.
“As I said in front of the team, this is big-time college football. There’s competition everywhere,” Shaw emphasized.
As for now, Shaw is in a wait-and-see mode about the two quarterbacks. “We’ll see how it goes the rest of the year,” he quipped.