After being a highly sought-after recruit and spending the 2011 season backing up Andrew Luck, Brett Nottingham finds himself buried on the depth chart for the Stanford Cardinal. Now, the California native is reconsidering his choice of colleges and is set to transfer from Palo Alto.
According to head coach David Shaw, Nottingham has informed him that he will be leaving the team. It has been a frustrating stretch at Stanford for the young quarterback, who fully expected to take over the offense this season with the departure of Luck to the NFL. However, inconsistency sunk Nottingham and Josh Nunes beat him out for the job.
Now, Nunes has been beaten out for the starting job by redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan, who replaced the up-and-down Nunes after Stanford’s victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. With Hogan putting a strangle-hold on the job with his impressive play down the stretch, the future on The Farm looked bleak for Nottingham if he had any aspirations of playing more than the occasional mop-up duty during blowouts.
As one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation when he came out of Monte Vista High School, Nottingham chose Stanford over a host of other suitors which could now be back in play for the 6-foot-4 signal caller. Stanford initially won out over the Nevada Wolfpack, San Diego State Aztecs, UCLA Bruins, Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado.
San Diego State and Colorado are logical destinations for Nottingham as both have shown an openness to quarterback transfers and allowing the transfers to compete for starting time. The Aztecs played well under another Pac 12 transfer this season in Ryan Katz up until he was injured, and could look to capture lightning in a bottle again with Nottingham.
Other local options include the Fresno State Bulldogs and San Jose State Spartans who will need a starting quarterback in 2014 when Nottingham has finished sitting out a season due to transfer. Both teams are looking to build off successful 2012 seasons and could be in a good position when Nottingham is eligible to play again.
Another option for Nottingham is to transfer to the Ivy League as the Columbia Lions have expressed a strong interest in him. The quarterback obviously has some academic chops making it into the academically prestigious Stanford, so transitioning to the Ivy League would not be that big of a challenge for him.
If he chose Columbia, an FCS-level football program, he would be able to play immediately and would slide into the vacated quarterback spot left by the graduation of senior Sean Brackett. While the Lions finished just 3-7 last season and struggled offensively, they do return their leading rusher and receiver which could help Nottingham’s transition to be more successful.
Wherever he ends up, Nottingham will hope to fulfill some of that potential that made him a top recruit coming out of high school. He wasn’t able to take control of the Stanford offense, but he does have impressive physical skills that should find him some success at his next stop.