While Stanford QB Kevin Hogan may not get the national attention he deserves, his career should speak for itself.
Hogan has lead the Cardinal to two Rose Bowl appearances, a 32-9 record, a 13-6 mark against ranked teams. No active QB in the FBS has led its team to more victories. However, Hogan followed in the footsteps of an all-time great in Andrew Luck. Due to that, Hogan's career has been largely overlooked.
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“Before you talk about his legacy, I think you have to preface it by saying he stepped to the plate with two strikes against him,” Stanford coach David Shaw said, per ESPN. “Strike 1 is you’re the quarterback after Andrew Luck, arguably the best quarterback to come out of college since John Elway.
“No. 2, with all of these spread offenses and everyone being stat freaks, it doesn’t matter how good they are. It doesn’t matter how strong their arms are. It doesn’t matter if they are good at reading coverages right or how accurate they are. If they can throw for a ton of yards, they get a lot of press.”
Hogan opened his career as Stanford's starting QB with 10 straight victories. Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren suggests that maybe Hogan set the bar too high.
“Maybe he set the bar too damn high,” Bloomgren said. “All he did was win at Oregon, win at UCLA, win the Pac-12 championship. Win a Rose Bowl. People thought he’d never lose a freaking game.”
“He’s won games the way we need him to win games,” Bloomgren said. “He’s all about the W’s. That’s the only stat that should ever define him.”
Hogan's career accomplishments may not be recognized in the the moment. However, if Hogan can lead Stanford to the College Football Playoff he could leave Stanford with perhaps the most decorated resume of any QB in school history.