STANFORD -- Born on the Stanford scout team, it's called the Hogan Package. And it just might be the most interesting aspect of Saturday's encounter with Washington State.

The Hogan Package is a series of plays designed specifically for backup quarterback Kevin Hogan. Aligned in the shotgun, Hogan has the option to run or pass depending on the defense.

In the Big Game, the redshirt freshman threw -- he threw a 9-yard touchdown to tight end Levine Toilolo.

"Defenses don't really know how to key their personnel against him," fullback Ryan Hewitt said. "It's a good changeup."

The underlying concepts in the Hogan Package are not new to Stanford's playbook: They were used with mobile quarterbacks of recent years, such as Alex Loukas and Tavita Pritchard.

Andrew Luck made use of the option early in his career, too. But because of the heightened risk of injury that comes with running the ball, the package was shelved last season "much to Andrew's dismay," coach David Shaw said.

Hogan, who is from McLean, Va., wasn't recruited as an option specialist, but his versatility was on regular display in 2011 as the scout team quarterback. Because many of Stanford's opponents used variations of the spread option, Hogan was able to showcase his arm and legs.

"This is not a running back, this is a guy who can run and pass," Shaw said. "Those are things that we can take advantage of as an offense. ... But we weren't going to put him out there until he was efficient in that role."


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Hogan made brief appearances at Washington and Notre Dame and showed no hint of nerves while throwing his touchdown strike against Cal.

He could be used a half-dozen times (or more) Saturday as Stanford gradually expands the Hogan Package.

"We'll stay primarily with the (plays) we've been working on since spring ball," Hogan said. "But based on the different looks, maybe something new will come up."

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