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Football preview: Nottingham, Nunes front-runners in tightly contested quarterback race

When the Cardinal football players trotted off the University of Phoenix field in January, two different blows were dealt to the Stanford faithful. Losing the Fiesta Bowl to Oklahoma State was the immediate sting, but losing once-in-a-generation quarterback Andrew Luck to the NFL was, in the big picture, the deeper wound. The inevitable question that no one was concerned with suddenly surfaced as one of the most pressing dilemmas for the future of Stanford football: Who’s going to replace number 12 at starting quarterback?