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Stanford’s Kevin Hogan a ‘stabilizing agent’ at QB

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POSTED August 27, 2014 11:20 p.m.

STANFORD (AP) — David Shaw remembers Stanford’s first few games without Andrew Luck two years ago as a stressful time for his coaching staff and his players.

Uncertainty at quarterback lingered. Doubt about the direction of the program persisted. And how Shaw would solve the problem remained a constant question.

“Life is so much better now,” he said.

Kevin Hogan replaced struggling starter Josh Nunes late that season, and the rest is history: two consecutive Pac-12 championships and Rose Bowl berths. Stanford has not worried about its quarterback since.

With two seasons of eligibility remaining, Hogan already has carved out his place in school history. The redshirt junior has been the program’s “stabilizing agent,” Shaw said, and he’s provided hope that the No. 11 Cardinal could remain an unlikely powerhouse entering Saturday’s season opener against UC Davis.

“You’re looking back at a team that’s post-Andrew Luck, that’s semi-floundering on offense and having a couple of big games but a couple of bad games, and the kid steps in and all you do is win,” Shaw said. “The less educated will just stare at the stats and the more educated will watch the film and say, ‘This guy’s a difference-maker.’”

In a league loaded with talented quarterbacks, Hogan has often been overshadowed by his Pac-12 counterparts. At Stanford, though, nobody has taken him for granted.

Hogan is 16-3 as a starter and 10-1 against ranked teams. He has lifted the Cardinal over Oregon in the Pac-12 North and taken Stanford to the Rose Bowl each of the past two seasons.

What holds Hogan back from being compared to Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, UCLA’s Brett Hundley or Oregon State’s Sean Mannion is his more modest passing numbers. Hogan threw for 2,630 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season. He also ran for 355 yards and three TDs.

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