Dec. 8, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla.-- It was a busy Thursday for picking up hardware for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, as the final award of the Home Depot College Football Awards, went to the Cardinal signal caller, the Maxwell Award, named for college football's top player.
In the morning, Luck was named CoSIDA's Academic All-America of the Year for Football thanks to a 3.48 cumulative GPA in architectural design. By mid-day the Walter Camp Foundation named him its player of the year.
During ESPN's annual ceremony, the 75th Anniversary trophy of the Maxwell Award went to Luck, who compiled a school-record 35 touchdowns this season for the 11-1 Cardinal. Luck threw for 3,170 passes and completed 70 percent of his passes to lead Stanford to a No. 4 BCS ranking and berth in the Tosititos Fiesta Bowl on January 2. Luck also had nine interceptions.
"I do feel a lot of pride for winning the award," said Luck on stage with ESPN's Chris Fowler. "It's tangible evidence for the amount of work you put it in and it means a lot to me."
Luck heads into the BCS Bowl with a 31-6 career record, even more impressive when you consider Stanford had just 10 wins in the three combined years prior to his first season as a starter.
Luck joins Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett as the second Stanford recipient of the Maxwell Award. Plunkett won his award in 1970. Presenting the 2011 award was Herschel Walker, the 1982 recipient, who finished ahead of another Stanford quarterback, John Elway, in the Heisman and Maxwell voting.