STANFORD, Calif. -- When Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes made his first career start earlier this year at home against San Jose State, head coach David Shaw ran a very vanilla offense and didn’t ask Andrew Luck’s successor to do too much.
This afternoon against No. 11 Oregon State, Shaw probably won’t have the luxury of patience with Kevin Hogan making his first career start.
Expect Hogan to attack a very talented Oregon State defense with more zone-read option running. It was a special option package that got Hogan on the field in three games earlier this year and it’s the portion of the offense he knows the best. Shaw said Hogan knows about “80 percent” of Stanford's playbook.
He’ll be running against an Oregon State front seven that is second only to Stanford against the run in the Pac-12 rankings.
Across the field, look for Oregon State's Cody Vaz to get connected with receivers Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks early and often. The duo is fast, explosive, and will test a Cardinal secondary that yields 266.1 yards in the air per game. Vaz is making his fourth career start and is 3-0 as a starter -- including a road win at BYU.