This man will replace Andrew Luck at Stanford

This man will replace Andrew Luck at Stanford

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- There will be no hiding from Andrew Luck's legacy this season. Every time Josh Nunes walks into the Stanford football offices he will see the trophies Luck helped win. When he runs through the Stanford Stadium tunnel for the first time as the starting quarterback, No. 12 jerseys will be littered throughout the crowd. And if he reads the record books, there's one name dominating the top. "It's the biggest shoes I think you could have to follow," Nunes said. Cardinal coach David Shaw announced Tuesday that the junior quarterback beat out sophomore Brett Nottingham, ending a lengthy and close competition to replace Luck, the NFL's No. 1 overall pick and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up. Shaw informed both in his office before the morning practice. "Over time, Josh has been the most consistent," Shaw said. "Make no mistake. This is not about wild plays, it's not about doing something outside the framework of the offense. This is about consistency. This is about executing the plays that were called. It's not about who hasn't played well. All of our quarterbacks have competed. All of our quarterbacks have approached this with a workmanlike attitude. But Josh has been the most consistent over this time." Experience is still a major concern. No. 21 Stanford will open the regular season against San Jose State on Aug. 31 with a quarterback who has thrown all of two passes and completed only one -- for all of 7 yards -- in his college career. Both also came two years ago. Nunes (pronounced Noon-es) also will have little time to transition. After playing Duke the following week, a monumental matchup looms against top-ranked Southern California at Stanford Stadium on Sept. 15. "The great thing is the path has been laid for how to be a successful quarterback here at Stanford," Nunes said, referring to Luck's career. "So, really, it's just following that pattern and emulating the kind of player that he was and the kind of person that he was here. I also got to realize I'm not Andrew Luck, and by no means am I trying to be exactly him. I'm trying to come out here and run this high-powered offense that we got and get it to the playmakers that we got." Luck left Stanford as the school's leader in touchdown passes (82), completion percentage (.670), passing efficiency (162.8) and total offense (10,411) -- among other marks -- despite playing only three seasons. A year after rolling past Virginia Tech 40-12 in the Orange Bowl, Luck didn't quite have the finish he had hoped. Stanford lost 41-38 in overtime to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2. Replacing Luck is a task even Shaw had to address the first day of spring practice. "I told them all flat out: Don't try to be Andrew Luck because you can't. It's impossible," Shaw said. "I don't know there's a guy in the nation right now, young or old, that's where Andrew was when he left here. So for us it's about managing the game." While Luck is replacing four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts, Nunes is facing a task equally daunting in the college ranks. Nunes missed most of last year with a right turf toe injury and never saw game action. The native of Upland in Southern California played in four games in 2010. He worked with the first-team offense in Stanford's spring game and started last Sunday's scrimmage, and coaches believe his knowledge of the playbook and game management top Nottingham's strong arm. Nottingham replaced Luck in six games last year, finishing 5 of 8 passing for 78 yards. The quarterback, who played at Monte Vista High School in San Francisco's East Bay, was not made available by Stanford to speak to reporters. A message left at his parents' house seeking comment also was not returned. Shaw wouldn't commit to Nottingham being the backup, insisting redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan will continue to challenge for the spot. But he said the months-long competition made each quarterback and the team better. "It's a very good thing," Shaw said. "If I had to make this decision the first week that would have meant that we didn't have competition. We had a serious competition." Former Stanford tight end Coby Fleener and wide receiver Griff Whalen, both rookies along with Luck in Indianapolis, said they had just one preference for the next starter. "Whoever wins us games," said Fleener, drafted 34th overall. "They're not throwing me balls, so it's whoever wins games. I'm a Stanford fan forever." Whalen also recognizes the parallels for Luck and Nunes as they try to replace such standouts at quarterback. "It's going to be tough because, whoever it is, is going to be in a similar situation to what Andrew has here," Whalen said before the official announcement. "The important thing is to go one day at a time and focus on the things you can control." While there is no bigger hole to fill than replacing Luck, Stanford has built depth over the last two seasons -- both of which ended at BCS bowls -- and Shaw refuses to call this a rebuilding year. Stanford has a talented mix of tight ends and running backs, including back-to-back 1,000-yard rusher Stepfan Taylor, one of the Pac-12's top defenses and the league's Coach of the Year. The program also has a proven record recently of overcoming key losses, including 2009 Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart and coach Jim Harbaugh before last season. If Nunes can be a steady hand at quarterback, perhaps there's no reason Stanford should slip. "Being behind Andrew Luck was pretty much the biggest blessing I think you could ever ask for," Nunes said. "I learned a lot from him and I feel like I'm ready to lead this team."

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Redskins do not have to pay Galette while on NFI list

Redskins do not have to pay Galette while on NFI list

RICHMOND—The Redskins do not have to pay Junior Galette this season after placing the outside linebacker on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list.

The NFI list is not the same as the injured reserve list. Players on that list sustained injuries while either playing in games or while practicing or working out at the team facility.

A player on injured reserve has to get paid per the CBA. He either gets his full salary or, if he signed a contract permitting it, a partial salary.

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NFI pertains to injuries suffered while participating in anything else. A player could be on NFI after getting injured in a car accident or while playing basketball. Or, as was the case with Galette, working out on his own preparing for the season. Players injured under such circumstances do not have to be paid.

This can create a sticky situation.

In a circumstance where a player gets injured doing something dumb, like getting in a car wreck while speeding, you wouldn’t create any waves in the locker room by declining to pay that player. But the team encourages players to stay in shape during the break in between minicamp and training camp. If a team declines to pay a player injured while working out on his own, as Galette was, other players could get upset and concerned that the same thing could happen to them some day.

Galette’s one-year contract calls for him to get a $1 million salary in 2016.

There also were incentives that he will not earn. The Redskins could elect to pay him the entire $1 million this year, half of it, or any portion of it they might decide to pay him. We will find out a lot about how much the Redskins want to give Galette, out with an Achilles injury for the second straight season, another shot in 2017 by how they decide to proceed.

If they want to give him another shot they will pay him most or all of the $1 million.

If they are inclined to let him walk his salary could be on the lower end.

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Ubaldo Jimenez makes long-awaited return in makeup game against Twins

Ubaldo Jimenez makes long-awaited return in makeup game against Twins

Tonight's Game:

Baltimore Orioles (58-42) vs. Minnesota Twins (37-63), Target Field, Minneapolis, 7:10 p.m.

Starting pitchers:

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 7.38) vs. Kyle Gibson (3-6, 4.67)

Keys to the Game:

— Can Jimenez, who hasn't pitched since July 8 due to paternity leave, give the Orioles an effective start? 

— Can the Orioles, who remain in first place by two games, start hitting again? They scored seven runs in three games against Colorado.

News and Notes:

— Jimenez is 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA in six starts at Target Field. 

— Joe Mauer was 3-for-17 (.176) with a home run off Jimenez. Brian Dozier is 6-for-19 (.316). 

— Gibson is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA in four starts against the Orioles. 

— Adam Jones is 1-for-11 (.091) against Gibson. 

— This is the makeup for a game that was rained out on May 9. It's the second one-day trip the Orioles have made this season. 

— The Orioles are 5-0 against Minnesota this season. 

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Redskins place Doctson, four others on PUP list

Redskins place Doctson, four others on PUP list

RICHMOND—The Redskins have placed five players on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list as they get training camp started today.

The following players are on the PUP list:

  • TE Derek Carrier
  • WR Reggie Diggs
  • WR Josh Doctson
  • G Shawn Lauvao
  • LB Perry Riley Jr.

The inclusion of Carrier on PUP has long been anticipated. He suffered a torn ACL in a December game in Chicago. His recovery is on schedule but he still has some work to do before he will be able to get on the field.

The name that Redskins fans did not want to see on this list was that of Doctson, the team’s first-round draft pick this year. He missed most of the offseason program with an Achilles injury and apparently it is still an issue.

Riley was a starting inside linebacker last year until he suffered a broken foot and missed the last six games of the season. He was expected to be back for the offseason program but he was seen on the sideline wearing a boot on the injured foot.

Lauvao suffered foot and ankle injuries in Week 3 last year and missed the entire season. He was seen using a scooter to get around Redskins Park in January so it’s not surprising that he isn’t ready to go. Jay Gruden said yesterday he believed that Lauvao would be ready soon.

Diggs’ injury is not known; Gruden will add some clarity to his and the other injuries when he meets with the press before practice this afternoon.

In addition, the team put OLB Junior Galette on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. He tore an Achilles' tendon working out on his own on Sunday.

The move takes Galette off of the team’s 90-man roster. The PUP list players continue to count against the limit.

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