During Senior Bowl week in Mobile, it was North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz who generated the most hype from the talented group of signal-callers. However, Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman Josh Garnett believes his teammate, Kevin Hogan, is the man most deserving of high praise.
Garnett raved about Hogan’s talent during a media session and had nothing but great things to say about his signal-caller.
In fact, Garnett believes Hogan would have had his name in the NCAA record book multiple times if he had the opportunity to showcase his talent in a pass happy offense.
“It’s tough when you go to Stanford and have a run-heavy offense and everyone worries about Christian McCaffrey and the offensive line. If a guy like Kevin Hogan was at Washington State or Cal-Berkley or Arizona or one of those spread pass happy places, this guy would have broken every single NCAA record out there,” Garnett told the media.
“Just for example, the Washington State game. We would have lost if it wasn’t for Kevin Hogan. The USC game, we would have lost if it wasn’t for Kevin Hogan. Just for him to be able to take control of games and how he went to battle is just unbelievable.”
The praise didn’t stop there.
According to Garnett, what makes the Stanford quarterback so special is his rare leadership quality and understanding of the game.
“He’s such a good leader. When Kevin Hogan steps into the huddle, you shut up. He’s a guy you respect because of his work ethic,” Garnett noted. “There are certain guys like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning who just command your respect and I really feel like Kevin Hogan has that quality.
“That’s a guy who you can ask any question about football to and you won’t stump him. He knows the offense inside and out. I could go up to him and ask him about a technique on the offensive line or pass protection and he can tell me just like that. He knows coverages, route concepts, he just knows everything.”
Hogan is currently graded as a mid- to late-round pick, but Garnett believes he is set to be a star regardless of where he lands.
And, if it was up to the Outland Trophy winner, Hogan would be the top-rated quarterback in the Class of 2016.
“I’m a fan of all the quarterbacks [in Mobile], but for him to not be the top-rated guy is just mind-blowing to me,” he added. “No matter where he goes, an NFL team is going to get a guy who is playing for a really long time.”
Hogan has one last opportunity to showcase his talent during the Senior Bowl on Saturday. If he can flash that talent, he could begin to rise up draft boards at the right time.
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