Even though Kevin Hogan grew up the son of a lobbyist and attended high school six blocks from the Capitol building, nobody had to do any politicking for him to be Stanford's starting quarterback.
The way Hogan has played made him a nearly unanimous choice.
In one of the smoothest and least controversial midseason changes any major program will ever have, Hogan has quietly supplanted Josh Nunes under center. Stanford coach David Shaw said the redshirt freshman will make his first start for the No. 16 Cardinal (7-2, 5-1) on Saturday against No. 13 Oregon State (7-1, 5-1) in what is essentially a Pac-12 North semifinal.
The winner will face second-ranked Oregon with a chance -- assuming neither loses it's only other league game left -- to advance to the conference championship.
''He's ready,'' Shaw said Tuesday. ''There are times when a guy just gets it.''
Hogan had been used mostly as a read-option quarterback in wildcat-type packages this season. Fullback Ryan Hewitt even dubbe...