Kevin Hogan was among the elite red-shirted freshman quarterbacks this season. Hogan was named the starting quarterback after the Colorado game, in which he replaced Josh Nunes to lead Stanford over Colorado. He quickly made an impact as the starting quarterback and ultimately ended the season 5-0 as a starter.
His first four games as a starter were all against ranked opponents. He first led the Cardinals over No. 13 Oregon State, followed by an upset win against No.1 Oregon. Then he led Stanford to two consecutive wins over No. 15 UCLA to win in the Pac-12 Championship game (first Pac-12 championship since 1999). This win enabled Stanford to compete in the Rose Bowl where they defeated Wisconsin (first Rose Bowl win since 1972).
In the 6 game Hogan played (five starts), he completed 71.7% of his passes for 1,096 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. He was also the teams 2nd leading rusher with 263 yards and two touchdowns. Hogan received the Pac-12 Championship Game MVP and the Pac-12 Honorable mention.
There is now talk about Kevin Hogan having the potential and talent to lead Stanford to a national title next year. The question now is if Hogan can synchronize all the pieces around him to exceed next year and bring Stanford back on top.
Kevin Hogan can and will be better in the 2013 season if the wide receivers and running backs step up to the challenge to replace the those who left from last season.