It was a tightly contested battle since the day after the Fiesta Bowl between the redshirt junior and redshirt sophomore Brett Nottingham. Even redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan made a push in the end.
Shaw says Nunes won the battle because of his ability to control the offense. Nunes does a great job of getting the Cardinal into the right play and out of the wrong play. Shaw says he can make all the throws although in public practices Nottingham has shown better downfield ability.
In the end for the Cardinal coaching staff, it is not just about the downfield throw. It is that three plays are called in each huddle and who can run the best play. Nunes is that winner.
Shaw tipped his hat on Sunday after the public scrimmage by saying 80% of the quarterback’s job is to manage the offense. With an extra year on campus, Nunes has always led in that department. Shaw conceded the other quarterbacks have closed the gap but not enough to win the job.
Shaw did not rule out the possibility of other quarterbacks seeing playing time at some point. But for now, Josh Nunes is the starting quarterback of the 2012 Stanford Cardinal.
More to come…