April 14, 2011; San Francisco CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Josh Nunes looks to pass the ball during the cardinal and white spring game at Kezar Stadium Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
Stanford quarterbacks Josh Nunes and Brett Nottingham are fighting hard for the starting quarterback position, with Nunes just a nudge ahead.
The race to replace Andrew Luck continues, and there still appears to be no locker room leader set yet. The two main contenders are redshirt junior Josh Nunes and redshirt sophomore Brett Nottingham, neither of whom has yet to distinguish themselves enough to win the starting job outright.
David Shaw has Josh Nunes the current favorite to win the job, but not by much. George Chen of the Stanford Daily has this report.
When asked who he thought had a better command of the offense, Shaw said, “I would’ve said Josh early, but I think in the last couple days, all three guys have shown great command of what we need to do.”
It's clear there are major benefits to starting either of them. Nunes is probably the more experienced guy with a better command of the system. He did play a few snaps in 2010, but more importantly has an extra year to gain command of a pro-style offense. Nottingham, by contrast, is probably a little bit less experienced, but he might have greater upside as a pro-style QB and might be the right guy to transition Stanford to the next era.
Note: The third player Shaw is referring to is redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan, who is giving it a go, but is probably just a step or two behind Nunes and Nottingham.