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Stanford elects Hogan as starting QB

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When you only have one registered voter, this vote was a landslide. Head coach David Shaw officially named Kevin Hogan as the new starting quarterback of Stanford football.

The announcement comes as no surprise to those that watched Hogan lead Stanford to a 48-0 win over Colorado Saturday. Hogan was 18/23, 184 yards, 2 touchdowns and he added seven rushes for 48 yards. More importantly the offense showed a spark with him in the lineup scoring on every drive he was in the game.

Josh Nunes played well at times leading the Cardinal to a 6-2 record but he was largely inconsistent at times.

Shaw said he really started to see Hogan come on in practice back in the week against Washington. From there the offense added in some packages for him to take advantage of his running ability. Shaw said that within the last two weeks, he could really see that “he just gets it.”

“He’s ready,” Shaw said of why making the change now.

Shaw says that Hogan has a grasp on about 80% of the offense but that is enough.

Shaw praised the way Nunes played and said Nunes took the news as well as a competitor can take news like that.

Hogan is excited for his first start but it was hard to see that beneath his shy outer exterior. “I just want to do anything I can to help the team win.”

Hogan says Nunes has been a great teammate for him and “has been so supportive” of him.

Shaw as is his custom would not comment on who the second string quarterback would be. Shaw says that is always an open competition in practice.

“Nunes knows it’s not time to go in the tank,” Shaw said. “Brett Nottingham knows it is not time to go into the tank.”

Shaw defended his decision to name Nunes the starting quarterback back in training camp because at te time Nunes was the only one that had a complete grasp on all the offense. Shaw added “It wasn’t even close.”

Stanford hosts Oregon State on Saturday at Noon. The game will be broadcast on FOX.

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