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 Football: Josh Nunes Named Starting Quarterback Over Brett Nottingham

Stanford quarterbacks Josh Nunes and Brett Nottingham fought to be the starter, but Nunes was named the man under center on Tuesday.

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San Jose State Vs. Stanford 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

As the Stanford Cardinal host the San Jose State Spartans in their annual season opener against one another, all eyes will be on Andrew Luck replacement Josh Nunes in his first career start for David Shaw's Card.

Without much off a college resume to begin with (two pass attempts, one completion, seven yards) Nunes will be an unknown commodity heading into this matchup. Obviously he's gotten the vote of confidence from the coaching staff and has been diligently practicing, it will be intersting to see how he deals with his nerves in his game as the starter.

Where: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, California

When: Friday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. PT

TV Coverage: Pac-12 Networks

Radio Coverage: KNBR 680AM/1050 AM-Stanford, KLIV 1590 AM-San Jose State

Spread: Stanford -25.5

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Josh Nunes Picked As Stanford's Starting QB For His Command

Trying to replace Andrew Luck at quarterback is no easy task, but that's exactly what David Shaw and the rest of the Stanford Cardinal coaching staff had to do this season. Josh Nunes has become the anointed one, but more for his command and consistency than pure athleticism.

Comparisons between Nunes and Brett Nottingham are certainly stark contrasts. Nunes, who is more similar to Luck in his control of the game, earned himself the job and Coach Shaw's pick heading into the season:

"It's like the RG3 (Robert Griffin III) comparisons with Andrew Luck," Shaw said. "RG3 has a stronger arm than Andrew, but Andrew can make all the throws. It's the same with Josh Nunes. He can make all the throws he needs to. It's not that his arm is weak. He can throw it 60-65 yards, but all you need to do in a game is throw it 40-45 yards."

Nottingham has one more year of eligibility than Nunes, though the bell that Shaw kept ringing was about Nunes's consistency:

"Consistency. Josh has been the most consistent. It's not just about throwing the ball. We need to be able to change the plays at the line of scrimmage."

Shaw isn't getting Luck 2.0, but he certainly feels Nunes is a more than adequate replacement.

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Stanford Football 2012: Josh Nunes Named Starting Quarterback

Stanford head coach David Shaw announced that redshirt junior Josh Nunes will be the Cardinal starting quarterback to open the 2012 season.


Stanford Football: Josh Nunes Leads Brett Nottingham By A Smidge In QB Competition

Stanford quarterbacks Josh Nunes and Brett Nottingham are fighting hard for the starting quarterback position, with Nunes just a nudge ahead.

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