The Stanford Cardinal is a team that, in the past half decade, has become known for fielding a standout quarterback. Of course, former Cardinal quarterback, No. 1 overall NFL draft pick and current Indianapolis Colts signal-caller Andrew Luck set the bar really high, but the program still has that essence to it, dating all the way back to the days of John Elway.
Heading into 2013, the Cardinals have a new face of the program: sophomore quarterback Kevin Hogan.
As a freshman in 2012, Hogan took over as the starting quarterback for the Cardinal about midway through the season and never lost a game. He threw for 1,000 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in six starts, all wins by the Cardinal.
The most impressive of those wins was a 17-14 overtime victory over then-No. 1 Oregon on the road, just a week after knocking off Oregon State at home. Ask any Pac-12 coach, fan or player and they’ll tell you that’s no easy feat, especially for a freshman passer.
Hogan’s future success with Stanford is almost guaranteed, but he has so much more ahead of him. At 6’4″ and 225 pounds, this guy is the definition of a prototype quarterback (he’s almost the exact same size as Peyton Manning). He’s quite the athlete as well–he rushed for 263 yards this past season, second-best on his team.
When you look at the immediate success Luck had in his rookie season in the NFL, scouts have to be drooling over Hogan, who’s just getting started. That’s not to say he’ll be as solid of a player as Luck, but he’s sure to give Cardinal fans something to cheer about in 2013 and beyond.