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.