There are few Stanford players in recent memory who have been the focus of more debate than senior quarterback Kevin Hogan. All one need do is mention Hogan's name at a gathering of Stanford fans and the eye-rolling and hand-wringing will begin.
During last year's Rose Bowl loss against Michigan State, I found myself sitting a row in front of a young fan who was certain that Hogan was a bad quarterback. I listened politely for most of the game, but when he unleashed another diatribe following an inocuous incompletion in the second half, I couldn't help myself. I turned around and said simply, "Hogan's a good quarterback."