Stanford QB Kevin Hogan Set to Return for Final Season

As the heir apparent to NFL star Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan has had the difficult task of attempting to replace the Pac 12 legend. In his own right, Hogan has done an excellent job at the helm of Stanford’s offense, guiding the team to two Rose Bowl appearances in an about two and half years of starting. In 2014, however, the results weren’t there for the Virginia native, and rumors began to circulate that Hogan wasn’t happy on the farm. Meanwhile, the option for Hogan to leave school and pursue an NFL future was on the table, but Hogan squashed any talks Thursday as the deadline for NFL Draft early entries passed.

“Ready to get back to work on the farm for the 2015 season,” Hogan said via his personal Twitter account. The statement also puts to bed any thoughts that Hogan may leave Stanford and follow Jim Harbaugh to Michigan.

Hogan holds an impressive career record of 24-8 and has accumulated strong statistics in the face of many critics. This past season, Hogan threw for 2,792 yards and 19 touchdowns while completing 65.7 percent of his passes. Hogan’s strong NFL IQ and athleticism are what separates him from most quarterbacks, as he has the keen sense to know when to pull the football down and run, rushing for 295 yards and five touchdowns. His NFL future remains in question, and another season as a Cardinal will allow him to further develop into a potential mid-round selection.

Stanford and Hogan finished a sub-par 2014 season in strong fashion, dismantling the Maryland Terrapins to the tune of a 45-21 thrashing in the Foster Farms Bowl. Now, with momentum in their favor and eight of 11 offensive starters returning, the Cardinal should be major players to capture the 2015 Pac 12 Championship, but first, Hogan must improve against the nation’s top 25 where he was just 1-5 in 2014.

*Section Photo credit to Stephen Dunn, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Matt Kartozian, USA Today Sports.

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