Stanford’s Sophomore QB KJ Costello Shows Why He Should Be The Starter In 62-7 Rout Of Rice In Opening Game Of 2017
By David Levin
Coach David Shaw has shown a propensity for starting seniors over the years instead of more talented freshmen and sophomores but hopefully, he won’t make that mistake this year at quarterback.
Keller Kryst–back from major knee surgery following the team’s Sun Bowl victory at the end of last year–looked “okay” in the first half as Stanford took a 38-0 lead going into halftime. But many of his throws were off the wrong leg and would have been intercepted by USC or any other great defense. It was the offensive line blocking and running by RBs Bryce Love and Cameron Scarlett that dazzled.
For whatever reason, Coach Shaw brought in QB Burns in the second half who had a terrible year last year taking too many sacks and making really bad decisions. On Burns’ first play, he was…that’s right, sacked though it wasn’t his fault. His passes were as awful as they were last year.
The game was pretty much “a bore”, largely because Stanford ran mostly basic plays not wanting to show USC scouts too much…until Shaw brought in third string QB sensation KJ Costello, a freshman last year who didn’t take a snap. Costello fired bullets to a variety of receivers including sophomore WR sensation Donald Stewart (who Shaw kept “on ice” last year). Costello proceeded to run for a 25-yard TD that showcased his speed with excellent blocking downfield from Stewart. Nearly every pass by Costello was “dead on”.
Stanford has a great young QB with a dynamite arm for the next two years, all 6′-5″ of him and with good speed–KJ Costello!
I hope Shaw moves him up to #2 after his play and execution tonight! And I hope that Donald Stewart’s efforts tonight give him a starting role against USC!