How would it feel to replace arguably the best quarterback to ever play college football? How about replacing an All-American and two-time runner up in the Hesiman? Or what about replacing the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft?
That’s what Stanford junior quarterback Josh Nunes is about to do.
Nunes, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound redshirt junior, was announced as Stanford’s starter on Tuesday, replacing former signal caller Andrew Luck. Nunes was in a heated QB competition with redshirt sophomore Brett Nottingham and redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan.
Nottingham, a 6-foot-4, 212-pound product out of Alamo, CA was said to be the favorite heading in to fall practice. But it was Nunes who impressed head coach David Shaw the most after two weeks of camp.
What a task Nunes has ahead of himself. People in Palto Alto will of course realize that Nunes is not Andrew Luck and there will be some bumps and bruises in the beginning. Luckily for Nunes the Cardinal return running back Stefan Taylor and a pair of tight ends who have the ability to go up and get the football.
Regardless, Nunes still has some large shoes to fill left by Luck.
Nunes only action was in 2010 as he completed 1 of 2 passes for seven yards against Wake Forest.
He’s no stranger to success and glory however. Nunes was an ESPN/Under Armour All-American in 2008 after throwing for 2,813 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior at Upland High School in California.
The Josh Nunes era is officially underway. Don’t get too excited.
We didn’t right away with Luck either. Look how that turned out.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.