The whole preseason was spent with no separation from Stanford Cardinal two quarterbacks Tanner McKee and Jack West, but having seen the duo play in their weekend's defeat at the hands of Kansas State, the team now seem to have a grip on the way forward for the QB role.
David Shaw, the Cardinal head coach, spoke in the weekly press conference on Tuesday, he confirmed that Tanner will be starting this week and no rotation will be happening in the quarterback role.
"We will start Tanner McKee this week. We will not rotate the quarterbacks," he said via online gambling.
In their season-opening game against Kansas State, the Cardinal chose a two-quarterback plan to help determine their long-term starter. And 24 hours before the start of the game, Jack West was picked as the starter, with both quarterbacks playing close to utilise their opportunities at maximum. They could avoid a defeat though, as they fell 24-7 to the Wildcats that day.
McKee ended the game with 15-of-18 completion for 118 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. West was able to complete 8-of-12 passes for 76 yards and registered two interceptions.
Speaking of McKee, Shaw said: "I think you got a chance to see some good things in that last drive that led us for a touchdown. He made some nice throws, including the touchdown throw. He made a nice throw up the sideline to John Humphreys earlier as well.
"This competition has gone really well and both guys really elevated their games. Both guys played really well up until this last weekend. He’s (McKee) shown the team a lot of what he can do. Going off the game, I think he still made some young guy mistakes to clean up and do better. At the same time, I thought he showed a lot of promise."
The head coach spoke once more about the Cardinal's struggles in the opening game that went past the QBs. Stanford was only able to register 39 rushing yards on 22 attempts, along with nine penalties for 65 yards. He also spoke about other factors and why the Cardinal didn't blend well.
Shaw added: "Our offensive struggles really didn’t have much to do with the quarterback. We did turn the ball over twice, but both guys were high-percentage completions and both guys were able to move the team. It was really the penalties outside of the two turnovers that really got us. False starts early in the game, it’s hard to get a rhythm going backward with penalties and a couple of holding penalties. Those were the things that really hurt us."
McKee, coming from Centennial High School, was a 4-Star recruit in the 2018 class ranking third as a pro-style quarterback in the nation and No. 37 overall recruit nationally. He is currently in his second year with the Stanford program having spent two years on the LDS mission.
Shaw continued with sites de jeux en ligne present at the time: "He has a lot of the traits that you’re looking for, that’s the reason he was so highly rated coming out of high school. He has a quick release, very accurate, very competitive, great leader, for a tall guy he’s pretty athletic and he can move. And he’s got a strong arm. He doesn’t need a lot of space to step into it … and get the ball downfield.
"I told Tanner I just want him to play. He doesn’t have to take the world on his shoulders. He doesn’t have to do anything other than play quarterback … Being able to run the ball I think will be able to take some pressure off him in his first start. That’s going to be a big factor is really getting the running game going to be as balanced of an offense as we want to be."
McKee first collegiate start will prove to be a challenging one as Stanford is travelling to L.A. Memorial Coliseum for a game against the USC Trojans.