Stanford starting quarterback K.J. Costello could miss Cardinal spring football.
K.J. Costello, a sophomore for the Cardinal, took over as the starting quarterback midway through the year. He supplanted Keller Chryst, who took over that spot in a similar manner in 2016.
Chryst announced that he would become a graduate transfer last month, totally clearing the way for Costello to start off the bat for Stanford this fall. That will still likely be the case.
However, Costello is likely going to miss some crucial time during spring football, due to a hip injury. From Sports Illustrated:
Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello is expected to be held out of full drills for spring football due to a hip injury, a source has told SI.
With Chryst gone and Costello injured, Stanford is very thin at the quarterback ranks. Rising sophomore Davis Mills and junior Jack Richardson are the two remaining healthy Cardinal quarterbacks, but neither has any live game action for Stanford.
Last season, Costello played in 11 total games for Stanford. He completed 124-of-211 passes (58.8-percent) for 1,573 yards, 14 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. He also ran for three touchdowns.
He had a particularly good game in the 38-20 Cardinal win over Notre Dame, throwing for 176 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions.
As a class of 2016 recruit, Costello was a four-star player, via 247Sports‘ composite rankings. The site ranked him No. 47 overall, No. 3 among pro-style quarterbacks, and No. 7 among recruits from California. He chose the Cardinal over Michigan and USC.
Stanford does have two quarterbacks in the 2018 recruiting class, but neither is enrolled yet, and one won’t be for a while. Jack West, a four-star QB out of Alabama, signed his letter of intent back in December. Another four-star player Tanner McKee committed and signed last week on National Signing Day. He won’t enroll at Stanford until 2020, however, as he is going on a Mormon mission this spring.
Based on the report, it sounds like David Shaw and company expect to have Costello back for the season. However, missing spring and the ability to develop chemistry with the rest of the offense definitely hurts. Stanford’s Cardinal and White Spring Game will be played on April 14. The team opens the regular season on August 31 at home against San Diego State.