LOS ANGELES The instructions given to Kevin Hogan last season were relatively simple despite the complexities that would follow. All he had to do was study. For a guy enrolled at Stanford, that part typically comes easy.
The course in question, however, wasn't found on any class syllabus: Advanced Quarterbacking.
Hogan's task was to study Andrew Luck as though he was preparing for a final exam. Study his demeanor. Study his film room work. Study how he handled the media. Everything down to the most minute details. Study. Study. Study.
"His redshirt year, he had one job, and that was to watch Andrew," Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. "Sit in the back of the room, be seen and not heard and emulate everything that Andrew Luck is doing, okay? How he managed his time, how he interacted in the meeting room, how he studied the game plan, his mannerisms on game day."
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