New QB Josh Nunes a SoCal kid, 'Stanford man'

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Nunes grew up in the shadows of Southern California's championships.

He had family and friends with UCLA roots, and no hint of football anywhere in his past.

Just a father who saw Stanford in his future.

Tim Nunes came home one day when Josh was 8 years old, sneaked up from behind and plopped a red Cardinal cap on his son's head. Josh Nunes wore the hat almost every day and has wanted to be a "Stanford man" ever since.

Now he has his chance.

The redshirt junior quarterback will make his first collegiate start and begin the post-Andrew Luck era when No. 21 Stanford hosts San Jose State in the season opener Friday night. Nunes spent the past three years as Luck's backup.