An unconfirmed rumor around the blogosphere is that Stanford junior quarterback Brett Nottingham will be making his way to Morningside Heights.
ESPN reported last Saturday Nottingham plans to transfer, and the Stanford athletic department today confirmed to Spectator that Nottingham is no longer a part of its football program.
If the rumor proves to be true, Nottingham would certainly be a major addition to the Light Blue. Coming out of Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif. in 2010, the quarterback was a four-star recruit, and ranked as the fourth-best pro-style quarterback prospect in the nation by rivals.com.
With a receiving corps led by sophomore Connor Nelligan along with freshmen Chris Connors and Isaiah Gross all moving up a year, Nottingham would have plenty of talented targets to throw to. And when you factor in the ground game led by first-team All-Ivy running back Marcorus Garrett, if Nottingham does in fact join the Lions, the offense could make a significant jump. The Lions finished 2012 eighth in the league in total offense and points per game, and seventh in passing yard. While head coach Pete Mangurian has already said he expects the team to substantially improve in 2013, adding Nottingham could potentially advance that process even further.
Though he didn’t see any game time his freshman year, as a sophomore Nottingham served as the backup quarterback to the eventual No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, Andrew Luck. Nottingham completed five of his eight passes for 78 yards and one touchdown in 2011, mostly coming in late in blowout games for mop-up work.
Nottingham was expected to slide into the starting role this season, but fellow junior Josh Nunes won the job in training camp, which meant Nottingham returned to his role as backup. He appeared at the end of two blowouts this season, and again completed five of eight passes, but this time for only 22 yards.
Again, Nottingham's transfer to Columbia is unconfirmed, but it would be huge news for the Light Blue if the former Pac-12 quarterback decided to make his way to Manhattan.
We’re working to confirm the rumor, and we’ll let you know if and when we find out that it's true.