Stanford QB focuses on righting the ship
Kevin Hogan walked into Stanford quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford’s office Sunday — a day off for players — to get his week started a little earlier.
The Associated Press
STANFORD, Calif. — Kevin Hogan walked into Stanford quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford’s office Sunday — a day off for players — to get his week started a little earlier.
After winning his first 10 starts, including the Pac-12 title game and the Rose Bowl last season, Hogan had never felt the sting he did after the Cardinal lost 27-21 at Utah on Saturday. The sophomore quarterback just didn’t want to wait until Monday to begin correcting his mistakes.
“I put as much as I can on myself,” Hogan said. “That’s my job is to get us in the right play, get us in the right protection, make sure the guys are in the right place, make sure everybody knows what they’re doing.”
The quarterback sparked Stanford’s surge late last season when he supplanted Josh Nunes and started this year even stronger, showing off a new deep-passing game that led to four blowout victories. But Hogan has been inconsistent the past two weeks in a close win over Washington and the loss at Utah.
Hogan will get the chance to respond from his first setback when No. 13 Stanford (5-1, 3-1) hosts No. 9 UCLA (5-0, 2-0) on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s Pac-12 title game.
Hogan has thrown for 1,178 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. But in the past two games, his quarterback rating has slid from sixth in the country to 27th.
“Kevin has not played great the last couple weeks — as a complete game. But in each game he’s made some great plays,” Stanford coach David Shaw said.
Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson is questionable for the game with a leg injury.
• Oklahoma wide receiver Trey Metoyer, 20, was charged in Norman with two counts of indecent exposure and has left the football team.