Nottingham: headed from The Farm to The Big Apple
Former Stanford quarterback Brett Nottingham has exclusively told The Bootleg that he intends to transfer to the Ivy League's Columbia University. The junior detailed plans of his move, which is dependent on admission into the school. He would potentially be eligible to play immediately.
Former Stanford quarterback Brett Nottingham has officially made his
school decision. The junior transfer has stated his intention to
head from The Farm to New York City and the Ivy League.
"I am excited to say I am in the process of applying to Columbia
University," Nottingham told The Bootleg in an exclusive interview.
"Pending admissions, I plan on playing football for head coach Pete Mangurian and the Columbia Lions."
Transfer applications for admission into Columbia are not due until
March 1, but Nottingham has finished all necessary essays. Now, it's
a waiting game for the former Cardinal gunslinger, who plans to get
a job and train before he hears back from the university. He can
potentially join the Lions this summer.
Nottingham's decision to move from FBS-caliber Stanford to FCS-level
Columbia would make him eligible to play immediately, per NCAA
"Once I decided to transfer, I did my research," Nottingham said.
"Columbia is one of the world's premiere universities in one of the
greatest cities in the world. Once I took a closer look at the
Columbia football program, their offense, and once I spoke with
coach Mangurian and [offensive coordinator Jaime] Elizondo, I knew
Columbia was the perfect and natural fit for me."
The Lions return four players who caught more than 20 passes last
year, including junior receiver Connor Nelligan, who hauled in 62
receptions in 2012. Starting quarterback Sean Brackett is graduating
this year, so that position calls for a replacement.
Nottingham, who was scheduled to major in Science, Technology, and
Society at Stanford, will consider his academic options if admitted
in Columbia. Units from Stanford courses generally translate well
for transfer into Ivy League schools. The quarterback plans to visit
the university's Manhattan campus sometime within the next month.
"I know it's going to be a culture shock, a complete change of
scenery," he said of his move from The Farm to The Big Apple. "But
I'm a pretty up-tempo person, and everyone there is always on the
move, so I'm looking forward to it."
In the immediate future, Nottingham will be cheering hard for his
former Stanford teammates in tomorrow's Rose Bowl.
"I want to see them do very well," he said. "I learned a lot this
season, and I am truly enjoying seeing all of my teammates' hard
work pay off the way that it is."
Nottingham's Time at Stanford: A Summary
No. 7 finished his Stanford career
10-for-16 with exactly 100 yards passing to go along with a single
touchdown throw. He appeared in eight games.
The East Bay
native played prep ball with Stanford unanimous All-American tight
end Zach Ertz at
Danville's Monte Vista High School. He was Luck's primary 2011
back-up in a year Josh Nunes missed
because of injury. About a week before the kick-off of the 2012
campaign, Stanford head coach
announced that Nunes had beaten Nottingham for the starting
That move came as
a surprise to many, particularly after Nottingham had
out-performed Nunes statistically in open exhibitions at
Stanford's spring game and in the final preseason scrimmage. But
Shaw said his decision was rooted in Nunes' ability to better
avoid negative plays and manage Stanford's offense, and not on
Nottingham's superior arm strength and athleticism.
subsequent struggles and the Stanford attack's severe drop in
production, Nottingham did not see significant playing time. He
was relegated to mop-up duty against Duke and at Colorado while Kevin Hogan's role
steadily grew throughout the season. Hogan made his first start on
November 10 and performed well in a win over Oregon State, all but
extinguishing Nottingham's prospects of attaining considerable
Among the Stanford
fan base, there's a lingering curiosity as to what could have been
had Nottingham gotten his chance while Hogan was developing,
especially during Nunes' worst performances at Washington and
Notre Dame. Those games represented the Cardinal's only 2012
losses, both coming after the Farm Boys' starter missed several
easy throws. During Nunes' struggles in Seattle, ESPN cameras
hovered near Nottingham on the sideline, anticipating a
quarterback change that never came. Once Hogan had developed into
adequate starter's form, of course, this anticipation vanished.
After losing the
initial 2012 quarterback battle, Nottingham never publicly
addressed his scarce playing time, drawing the praise of many
outsiders. Shaw said that he continued working hard at
practice, ready to step in for Nunes -- and later Hogan -- in case
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