Saying he wasn't ready to leave, Stanford senior quarterback Kevin Hogan will return for a fifth-year with the football team, he announced Thursday afternoon. Hogan, who is 24-8 as a three-year starter, gave serious thought to making himself available for the NFL Draft, and made his decision Wednesday night.
"A lot went into it," he said. "I really needed to spend a lot of time talking with former teammates, former coaches, current coaches and my family. I did a lot of praying and weighed the pros and cons of both situations and what would be best for me moving forward and developing, and trying to play football as long as I could. I ultimately decided I wasn't ready to leave this place, and that I could continue to grow here."
Hogan admitted it was a tough choice.
"Some of the guys I talked to said to rely on your gut and don't make a decision you might regret down the road," Hogan said. "This is something I can't regret. Coming back to Stanford really was a win-win situation for me. I'm happy, and I want to get back to work and get better."
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from McLean, Va., has led the Cardinal to two Pac-12 titles and two Rose Bowl appearances. He finished the 2014 season strong by guiding 8-5 Stanford to resounding wins against Cal, UCLA and Maryland, the latter in the Foster Farms Bowl, where he was named the Offensive MVP.
In 13 starts in 2014, Hogan threw for 2,792 yards and 19 touchdowns while completing 65.9 percent of his passes, and rushed for 295 yards and five scores. He was also a team captain.
"I want this team to reach its ceiling," said Hogan, the only quarterback in school history to take his team to three post-season bowls. "We're talented in every part of the game and have never really fulfilled our potential. I think we saw signs of it at the end of the year, which was nice, but this is going to be a new a team moving forward in 2015, and we hope to continue where we left off."
Hogan will complete his degree in science, technology and society this spring.
"A lot of my decision wasn't necessarily related to the football program," he said. "It was the school in general. I feel I can further dedicate myself academically and possibly get my master's degree next year. There's no better locker room in the country and I wasn't ready to leave these guys."
Hogan said there was no truth to rumors that he considered transferring.
"I thought it was kind of funny at times because I had no idea where it came from," said Hogan. "You'd have to be crazy to transfer from Stanford. I love this place."