Stanford chooses Josh Nunes to replace Andrew Luck as starting quarterback
Josh Nunes will be Stanford’s starting quarterback this fall, the team announced Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4 redshirt junior quarterback beat out sophomore Brett Nottingham in a close competition. He will be replacing two-time Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck, who left for the National Football League (NFL) and became the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Stanford head coach David Shaw said that the winner of the competition would be the one who properly managed the offense and kept mistakes to a minimum.
“The main thing is efficiency,” Shaw said. “The job of the quarterback is to get us into the right play at the right time.”
Though Nottingham has the stronger arm, Nunes’s familiarity of the playbook gave him an advantage. Still, experience remains a concern. Nunes has not seen action since 2010 and has played in just four games and thrown just two passes in his college career.
Nunes has big shoes to fill, but is stepping into a great situation with a talented team and the Pac-12 coach of the year surrounding him.
Stanford opens the season against San Jose State on August 31.