Note: The following feature appeared in the Arizona State game day program on Sept. 21, 2013.
Kevin Hogan is a junior quarterback who is undefeated in his seven career starts. His steady on-field performance has been matched by his quiet, yet definitive calmness on the practice fields and in the huddle. Last week at Army, Hogan matched a career-best with three touchdown passes – to three different receivers – as the Cardinal downed the Black Knights, 34-20.
Q: What is your major and why did you select it?
A: My major is science, technology and society with a focus in information technology, media and society. I chose it because there’s a wide variety of classes you can take – communication, science, engineering classes – it doesn’t really focus on just one aspect of the major.
Q: What has been your favorite class at Stanford?
A: Judgment and decision making during my freshman year.
Q: Why did you chose Stanford?
A: It was the easiest decision of my life. Football aside, there’s no place like this – the campus, the academics, the community, the people you meet here – are all unbelievable. Then, you throw in football as a bonus – great program, great coaches and it’s the best place.
Q: Do you have any interesting background on making your college selection? Something either you, family or friends look back on?
A: My grandpa got his master’s here and that’s actually why I even visited. I didn’t think I was going to visit but my mom told me to, and I got off the plane and within 20 minutes on campus I knew I wanted to go here.
Q: Your family has many connections to the game with uncles having played at Notre Dame, your grandfather playing at Navy and a cousin playing at Arizona. Were your Thanksgiving gatherings filled with football, or what?
A: We used to when I was younger and it’d get pretty competitive until people got injured. So not as much as before but we’re definitely a football family and we always will be. We’ll always watch it together, so it’s fun.
Q: Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to observe to better understand effectiveness at your position?
A: Within our offense, every run play, you have to pick one out of a group. Usually it’s one of two or three and you have to pick one at the line of scrimmage. You want it to work, so you put a lot of pressure on yourself to get it right every time so you can turn around and watch the running backs get 10 yards or more.
Q: The “skill position” guys are always jumping into the arms of offensive linemen after touchdowns? Which lineman would you be willing to have jump into your arms after a score?A: Any of them. But I think the most fun would be our center, Khalil Wilkes, because I think he’d have some good celebrations.
Q: What’s your favorite Stanford team to watch as a fan?
A: We have so many friends on so many other teams. We go to the lacrosse, soccer, basketball, volleyball games – they’re all fun, I can’t pick one.
Q: If you could play for another team at Stanford, which would it be?
A: Probably the basketball team. I played basketball in high school that’d be fun.
Q: What are the best parts of being a student athlete at Stanford?
A: The community, the opportunity that we have, it’s another way to branch out and meet new people, as well as being able to play your sport and get a good education.
Q: Who do you most enjoy lining up against in practices? Someone who provides some comedic relief?
A: I’m not lining up against him but Tyler Gaffney. When he’s running down the field in practice, he’ll give high fives to the defenders, which is pretty funny.
Q: What’s the best part about a home football day?
A: Just seeing all the fans and seeing the stadium fill up, and your friends in the first couple of rows. Being able to see your family when they travel out and hopefully after winning the game, singing “Hail, Stanford, Hail.”
Q: Choose one of each: The song you are most proud of, and least proud of, on your iPod/phone.
A: Most proud of: “Wagon Wheel.” And least proud of? I’m proud of it all.
Q: Who has the best nickname on the team?
A: There are a lot of good nicknames on the team, but, if I had to choose one, I’d say “Hoagie.” Dallas Lloyd comes close with “Dallas Football.”
Q: What words come to mind when you hear something about Stanford’s athletic programs?A: Dominant. Smart. Amazing.
Q: What is your best moment on the football field?
A: Taking a knee at the Rose Bowl.
Q: Where are your favorite places to eat on or near campus?
A: Off campus, it’s the Village Cheese House, and on campus, it would be Ike’s. I usually go with the John Elway at Ike’s. It’s got turkey, swiss, bacon – it’s a good one.
Q: If you could do anything for a day without any cost considerations, what would it be?
A: I’d go sailing somewhere in the Caribbean.
Q: Best and worst football movies of all-time? Why?
A: Best: “Remember the Titans”
Worst: Don’t have one.
Q: Of your teammates, who is most likely to 1) become President of the United State, 2) join the front office of a major sports franchise 3) join the circus 4) fall off the face of the earth because they’re adventurous? Why?
1.) Conor McFadden because he loves politics and is very bright. He is also a good leader.
2.) Kevin Reiner because I think he’d set up the best team.
3.) Devon Cajuste because he’s got a good personality and is a funny guy. I could see him swinging from a trapeze or something.
4.) Lance Callihan because he likes to travel, even if it’s around this area. He’s talked about traveling all around the world.
What's it like going up against Trent Murphy’s wingspan in practice?
A: It’s probably the worst part of being on this team, going up against Murph and his long arms in practice. I have to throw over him, around him and it’s a hard thing to do. It’s nice knowing he’s on our team and seeing him bat down balls in games is nice.
Does going up against that in practice help with games?
A: Yeah, it makes it easier during games to get it over, whether it’s linebackers or defensive ends.