Tuesday Tape Room: Kevin Hogan displays off-platform accuracy while playing beyond the X's & O's

Tuesday Tape Room is Pac-12 Networks football analyst (and former USC assistant coach) Yogi Roth’s chance to break down tape in search of details worth focusing on — similar to what’s happening in team meetings throughout the conference today.

During training camp this fall I stopped on Stanford’s campus to watch their team prepare for the post-Andrew Luck era. As Coach David Shaw and I walked onto the practice field he told me about the quarterback battle, as he and his staff had just selected Josh Nunes to start. As we spoke about the competition he told me that one of the best parts was watching Kevin Hogan grow within their system.

My response was similar to the majority of the nation before this past weekend’s Stanford-Oregon game: "Kevin who?"

But last Saturday, not only did Hogan impress the college football landscape, he showcased an incredible understanding of the details necessary to be a successful signal caller in the @pac12, as his intangibles beyond the X’s and O’s were revealed late in the game.

On 2nd and 2 in the fourth quarter, Hogan takes a shotgun snap and drops back in the pocket as a heavy Oregon rush breaks down the Cardinal pass protection. As he gets flushed, he regains his balance while maintaining his eyes downfield.

That athleticism was impressive, but what jumped off the film from each angle was what he did right before the ball left his hand.

Hogan flashes his left shoulder ever so quickly at his target, which creates a violent torque with his hips that generates speed from his core, allowing him to get rid of the football to tight end Zach Ertz in an accurate fashion.

By flashing his left shoulder, Hogan is able to separate his upper and lower body, as his feet head toward the sideline. That flash unleashes his core strength, which keeps Stanford’s game-tying drive going and ensures that no one can say "Kevin who?" again.

Follow former USC assistant coach and New York Times best-selling author @YogiRoth for insight on @pac12 football.

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