November 9, 2012

Ask the Expert: Stanford Cardinal

The #11 ranked Beavers return home once again to take to the road to take on the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday at noon. As we count down the hours till kick-off, Andy Drukarev of CardinalSportsReport.com takes a look at the match-up:



WHAT ARE THE STRENGTHS & WEAKNESSES OF EACH OF THE QB'S ?


Shaw officially named Hogan, a redshirt freshman, the starter in his weekly press conference on Tuesday. If everything goes to plan for Stanford, I imagine Hogan will take the majority -- if not all -- of the snaps on Saturday. Since Hogan has thrown only 24 passes in his college career (23 of which came against lowly Colorado), there is still a lot that we don't know about his game. However, Hogan's athleticism and ability to throw on the run are pretty clear strengths. Prior to being named starter Hogan was used situationally in shotgun, read-option type formations. In limited action he has shown a strong and accurate arm, but again, the Colorado defense isn't the best indicator of opposing quarterback talent.


Nunes, meanwhile, has a better grasp of the playbook and is far more familiar with the intricacies of Stanford's complicated pro-style offense, but he lacks  Hogan's mobility and has struggled with accuracy, particularly on short and intermediate routes. Nunes does throw a nice deep ball and had good pocket presence, but ultimately his lack of consistency and accuracy and the continued improvement of Hogan paved the way for a quarterback change. 


THE STRENGTH OF THIS CARDINAL TEAM APPEARS TO BE DEFENSE. WHAT ARE STANFORD'S BIGGEST STRENGTHS ON OFFENSE?




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