STANFORD (CBS Sports) — How good were the redshirt freshman quarterbacks in college football last year?

Well, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M captured the Heisman and upset No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota threw 32 touchdowns and finished seventh nationally in passing efficiency. Brett Hundley of UCLA shattered his school’s total offense and passing yardage marks.

And Kevin Hogan?

The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder did his best Andrew Luck impression, finishing 5-0 as a late-season starter, while beating three ranked teams along the way and leading Stanford to its first Rose Bowl victory since 1972.

With his second spring practice drawing to a close, the Virginia-bred Hogan is no longer a green-behind-the ears backup-turned-starter. He’s now leading a team that is, by most accounts, a legitimate national title contender. And Hogan himself could be a breakout star in 2013.

CLICK HERE for a CBS Sports Q&A session with Kevin Hogan about how this year’s Cardinal football team is shaping up…

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