Sep 4, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (18) throws a pass in the second quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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Stanford QB Tanner McKee draws start against No. 14 Southern California

Stanford sophomore Tanner McKee will start at quarterback this Saturday against No. 14 Southern California, Cardinal coach David Shaw said Tuesday.

Jack West started the season-opening 24-7 loss to Kansas State with the plan also calling on McKee to see action. McKee completed 15 of 18 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown, while West was 8 of 12 for 76 yards and two interceptions.

“We will start Tanner McKee this week,” Shaw said during a press conference. “We will not rotate the quarterbacks.”

The 6-foot-6 McKee was a coveted recruit in the class of 2018 who went on a two-year Mormon mission in Brazil. He saw action against Oregon last season and was 3-of-7 passing for 62 yards.

“He has a lot of the traits that you’re looking for. That’s the reason he was so highly rated coming out of high school,” Shaw said. “He has a quick release, very accurate, very competitive, great leader, for a tall guy he’s pretty athletic and he can move. And he’s got a strong arm. He doesn’t need a lot of space to step into it and get the ball downfield.

“I told Tanner I just want him to play. He doesn’t have to take the world on his shoulders. He doesn’t have to do anything other than play quarterback. … Being able to run the ball I think will be able to take some pressure off him in his first start.”

West attempted just 56 passes in his first three seasons at Stanford. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in his career.

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