Sun Bowl Player to Watch: Stanford QB K.J. Costello


Behind Bryce Love, Stanford has rushed the football with great success in 2018. With Love sitting out the Cardinal’s Hyundai Sun Bowl game to prep for the 2019 NFL Draft, head coach David Shaw will lean a little more on junior quarterback K.J. Costello.

Costello returns to El Paso just two years removed from his redshirt freshman season where he was an afterthought in the Cardinal offense. Now he is ‘the guy’ and he credits his nearly 3,500 passing yards and 29 touchdowns to preparation.

“My redshirt freshman year I wasn’t playing, I knew I wasn’t playing, but I was always wanted to get in extra work,” said Costello. “We’ve had a lot of success and that’s due to the extra work we’ve put in after practice and in our free time.”

Costello will rely on other playmakers in the Stanford offense whose roles were very different two years ago against North Carolina.

“They’ve had to develop individually first,” said Shaw. “Quarterbacks have so much more to learn and so much more growth to make to go from high school to college.”

Stanford will look to establish the run in Monday’s Sun Bowl game against Pitt, but Costello holds the keys to the engine for a Cardinal win.

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