PAC-12 FOOTBALL
FOOTBALL

Pac-12 football: Stanford eyes cure for 'Luck hangover'

2012-05-09T00:00:00Z 2014-07-08T16:06:53Z Pac-12 football: Stanford eyes cure for 'Luck hangover'Patrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 09, 2012 12:00 am  • 

David Shaw is not looking for another Andrew Luck.

In fact, the Stanford coach said Tuesday, his next starting quarterback - likely either Josh Nunes or Brett Nottingham - should not make that a goal.

"The quickest way for those guys to lose the competition," the coach said, "is to try and be Andrew.…

"The quarterback's job here is to deal the cards. Get it to the playmakers."

Replacing Luck, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, is a tough task.

"I'm not gonna lie - there's still a little bit of an Andrew Luck hangover going on here in Palo Alto," Shaw said. "But we've got some athletic, smart quarterbacks that understand what we do."

Stanford is one of the Pac-12 teams that spent the spring trying to find replacements for irreplaceable players. Speaking to the media Tuesday at the conclusion of spring practices, coaches detailed their progress.

Predictably, Oregon coach Chip Kelly chafed at any storyline that the Ducks found replacements for quarterback Darron Thomas or running back LaMichael James quite yet.

"We don't have answers that are answered after spring," he said.

Still, Kelly said sophomore quarterback Bryan Bennett has "done a great job since he got here," and has "really just shown improvement."

New Arizona State boss Todd Graham spent the spring watching sophomores Mike Bercovici and Taylor Kelly and redshirt freshman Michael Eubank try to fill the shoes of second-round draft pick Brock Osweiler.

He said the Sun Devils "need to have" a starting quarterback by the time they head to Camp Tontozona on Aug. 14. The school has pledged to return to the mountain location if they raise $150,000 by June 1.

Graham said he was "very impressed" with how much of the offensive playbook he installed in the spring.

"I think we have three really good guys to work with," he said.

New coaches settle in

As an NFL coach, Jim Mora never ate lunch with thousands of students.

As UCLA's coach, though, he can walk across campus to the student union. It's a different, and exciting, experience for the former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks coach hired to replace Rick Neuheisel in the offseason.

"It's an awesome place, man," he said.

Graham, another newcomer, met with players in December and explained "why values were important," in his plan to return discipline to the Sun Devils.

"We want to put a team first and foremost on the field that has character on discipline, that is smart and is tough," he said.

Extra points

• ASU defensive end Junior Onyeali is "on course" to be reinstated to the team in the fall, Graham said. He was suspended by ex-coach Dennis Erickson before the Las Vegas Bowl; in January, Graham said Onyeali did not meet team standards.

• Jordan Williamson, who missed three field goal attempts in Stanford's Fiesta Bowl loss to Oklahoma State, is "our kicker," Shaw said. He discussed the misses with Williamson once, a day after the game, calling that "his low point."

• Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov (knee) is "on schedule" to return by the start of fall camp, Shaw said.

• USC isn't necessarily more excited about the season now that it's eligible for the Pac-12 title and postseason, coach Lane Kiffin said.

• UCLA must pare its scholarships by three before the fall to be under the NCAA limit, Mora said.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Pac-12 South football standings

Team W L T PCT
Arizona 5 1 0 0.833
Utah 5 1 0 0.833
USC 5 2 0 0.714
ASU 5 1 0 0.833
UCLA 5 2 0 0.714
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429

Pac-12 North football standings

Team W L T PCT
Oregon 7 1 0 0.875
Oregon State 4 2 0 0.667
Stanford 4 3 0 0.571
Washington 5 2 0 0.714
Washington State 2 5 0 0.286
Cal 4 4 0 0.500
Free Wildcats Sports Newsletter

University of Arizona sports news and blog headlines, delivered daily


Follow the Arizona Daily Star

Featured businesses

View more...

Deals, offers & events

View more...