Nobody around the Stanford football program has stated it quite like this, but it might be a worthy goal for the Cardinal: Keep the name Andrew Luck out of as many stories as possible in 2012.
It won't be easy.
The consensus best pro prospect in perhaps 30 years has left for the NFL, and it might not be a reach to say Stanford faces a bigger drop-off at that position — quarterback — than any school, at any position, in the country.
That is not to knock the candidates there, a pair of 6-foot-4 Californians, sophomore Brett Nottingham and junior Josh Nunes. It's just that after the Cardinal finished its spring game in April, coach David Shaw said, "I don't care what the numbers say, that position didn't play well enough for us to win," and when did a Stanford coach ever say that about Luck?
Sunday in Stanford's final scrimmage of fall camp, Nunes quarterbacked the first unit, Nottingham the second, without any real conclusiveness. Shaw likely will name a starter this week.