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‘All things point to’ Kevin Hogan being a go for Stanford vs. Wazzu

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A dinged Kevin Hogan is expected to be available for Stanford’s game this weekend, head coach David Shaw said Tuesday.

The Cardinal quarterback suffered a leg injury in the loss to Notre Dame in South Bend this past Saturday.  Shaw declined to discuss the specific nature of the injury or even which leg was injurted.

The severity, though, is not something that seems likely to be a danger to sidelining the starter for the Washington State game.

All things point to him being ready,” Shaw said.

Hogan has started 24 games the past two-plus years for the Cardinal.  All of those starts have come consecutively since taking over for Josh Nunes in November of 2012.

Facing the high-powered Wazzu offense, the Cardinal will need all offensive hands on deck if the stout Stanford defense can’t contain the Cougars.  WSU leads the nation in passing with 523 yards per game.  Conversely, the Stanford defense is second in the country in giving up the fewest passing yards per game (107.4).

Something has to give, so it be best for all involved on The Farm if their starting quarterback were ready and playing.

Stanford announces QB Josh Nunes is medically retiring

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A “freak occurrence” during offseason workouts left Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes with what was said to be an arm injury that sidelined him for all of spring practices. Now, the injury will end Nunes’ career altogether.

Stanford announced on Monday that Nunes is medically retiring. No specific reason was given, but Nunes sustained his injury in February. Following Stanford’s spring game, coach David Shaw hinted that Nunes may not be ready to play in 2013.

The loss, now official, is another hit to Stanford’s quarterback depth when combined with Brett Nottingham‘s transfer last DecemberEvan Crower and Dallas Lloyd are now expected to compete for the No. 2 job behind Kevin Hogan.

Nunes, a senior-to-be, was named the Cardinal’s starting last August, but inconsistent play through the first half of the season ultimately led to Nunes being leapfrogged by Hogan. Headed into spring ball, Hogan was considered Stanford’s clear-cut No. 1 quarterback.

Nunes threw for 1,643 yards with ten touchdowns and seven interceptions last season.

‘Freak occurrence’ knocks Stanford’s backup QB out for the spring

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If Josh Nunes holds out even the slimmest of hopes to win back Stanford’s starting quarterback job, he’ll have to resume that battle a few months down the road.

Cardinal head coach David Shaw revealed Friday that Nunes will miss all of spring practice due to an undisclosed injury.  While Shaw did not specify the exact nature of the injury, it appears the area impacted is the arm/shoulder area.

The injury occurred at some point the past two weeks during an offseason conditioning workout.

“It was a freak occurrence,” Shaw said during a pre-spring teleconference. “He’ll be in sling but he will make full recovery. …

“It shocked us. It’s something that never happened before.”

Combine Nunes’ injury and Brett Nottingham‘s transfer last December, and Shaw will be left with starter Kevin Hogan as the only arm available for the spring who’s thrown a pass at the collegiate level.  However, the injury will, as the San Jose Mercury News writes, “give young quarterbacks Evan Crower and Dallas Lloyd a chance to showcase their skills this spring.”

In August of last year, Nunes was named as the successor to Andrew Luck.  After starting the first nine games of the season, and after seven interceptions and just a 52.8 completion percentage, Nunes gave way to Hogan, who started the final five games of the 2012 season and will enter summer camp as the clear-cut No. 1 quarterback.

Nottingham transferring from Stanford

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As part of a three-way competition to replace Andrew Luck at Stanford, Brett Nottingham wound up buried on the quarterback depth chart behind Josh Nunes (the early-season starter) and Kevin Hogan (the presumptive starter heading into 2013).

With that QB clutter ahead of him heading into next year, Nottingham has decided to cut bait.

The Cardinal announced Saturday night that Nottingham has decided to leave the football program ahead of the team’s bowl game.  The Bay-area native turned in his playbook with the intention of transferring to an undetermined destination.

Nottingham was Luck’s primary backup for half the 2011 season as a sophomore — he was the presumptive front-runner heading into spring practice –but played in just two games this season.  For his brief career, Nottingham completed 10-of-16 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

As a four-star member of Jim Harbaugh‘s last recruiting class in 2010, Nottingham was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the country.

Predictions 101 — Week 12

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Last week, we went 5-2 straight (you can probably guess what one of the losses was) and 3-2-1 versus “the number.”

This week’s slate is probably the worst we’ve ever examined this close to the end of a season. But what are you going to do? The SEC’s scheduling practices and the Big Ten’s irrelevance are what they are.

Here we go.

TOP 5 GAMES OF THE WEEK (Thurs., Nov. 15, thru Sat., Nov. 17)

1) No. 14 Stanford at No. 1 Oregon
Sat., Nov. 17 — 8 p.m. ET, ABC

We’ve got total respect for what the Cardinal have done, proving that their relevancy wasn’t tied to Andrew Luck. In fact, it wasn’t even tied to Josh Nunes. With redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan looking like he’s the real deal, Stanford will easily continue to be a primetime player in the Pac-12 North.

The only problem with that is the presence of Oregon in the division. The Cardinal are just not geared to deal with the Ducks … as if any team really is.

Since Luck led a 51-42 victory over Oregon in 2009, the Cardinal have lost their last two games to the Ducks by a total of 44 points.

Taking into account the known factors, there isn’t any indication that the results will be different this time. Chip Kelly’s bunch will pull away in the second half to win this showdown for the North title.

Despite holding an advantage over Oregon in several departments, Stanford doesn’t have the ability to adjust on the fly to accentuate its strengths and minimize those of its opponents. That, of course, is the domain of the Ducks and the secret to their success, particularly on offense.

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