Stanford head football coach David Shaw has finally named his new quarterback, as on Wednesday after practice he announced that Ryan Burns will be the new Cardinal signal caller.
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It is certainly big shoes to fill for Burns, as he will replace Stanford’s winningest quarterback in Kevin Hogan at quarterback. Burns beat out Keller Chryst for the right to be starter in what was a wide-open race.
For Burns, at least he has the comfort of knowing he plays in the same backfield as Christian McCaffrey. Just hand-off or dump passes in McCaffrey’s direction and let the Heisman Trophy candidate work his magic.
That said, Shaw said that Chryst will also get reps in Stanford’s first game, as Burns’ grip on the job is loose. More from Jon Wilner of The Mercury News:
Burns, a 6’5”, 232-pound junior from Leesburg, Virginia has only thrown one pass his time at Stanford, while Chryst has thrown nine. So Shaw is clearly working with novices at the position.
Stanford is coming off a marvelous 2015 campaign in which it went 12-2 overall and 8-1 in Pac-12 action, while winning the conference title and playing in the Rose Bowl. The Cardinal then went on to win that game by thoroughly beating Iowa.
The Cardinal will open their 2016 season when they host Kansas State on Friday, September 2.