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Andrew Luck - Heisman Trophy Candidate
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AT STANFORD

Continues Stanford's long tradition of excellence at the quarterback position...Davey O'Brien and Heisman Trophy hopeful finalist is making a strong move up the school's various career passing charts...already ranks seventh in passing yardage (5,626), despite having played just 24 career games...his 41 career touchdown passes rank tied for fifth all-time with Todd Husak (1996-99)...has already compiled 6,418 yards in total offense, which ranks sixth all-time...Stanford boasts an 19-5 record in his 24 career starts, including a 16-4 Pac-10 Conference ledger...has quarterbacked the Cardinal to a 4-1 record vs. Top 25 competition...has been under center for two of the most prolific offensive teams in school history...helped Stanford amass a 461 points in 2009 as a freshman and a school-record 484 points as a sophomore.

 
2010 (SOPHOMORE)

Finalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback and Maxwell Award for National Collegiate Player of the Year...has helped Stanford to a 11-1 record and a No. 5 ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls...the 11 wins and eight conference victories are both school records...has been red-hot over the last seven games, completing 152-of-201 (.756) of his passes for 1,792 yards and 15 TDs against USC, Washington State, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State...Stanford has won all seven of those games, marking its longest winning streak since the 1991 season...quarterbacks the nation's eighth-highest scoring offense that is averaging 40.33 points a game...Stanford has scored 30 or more points in 11 of 12 games this season...Stanford is 19-5 with Luck as a starter...has completed 245-of-349 passes for 3,051 yards and 28 touchdowns on the season...his 28 touchdowns are Stanford single-season record, surpassing the previous mark of 27 held by John Elway (1980) and Steve Stenstrom (1993)...is just the fourth Stanford quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season, joining Steve Stenstrom (3,627; 1993), John Elway (3,242; 1982) and Todd Husak (3,092; 1998) as a member of Stanford's elite 3,000-yard club...also set a new single-season standard with 3,489 yards in total offense, eclipsing Stenstrom's previous mark of 3,398 set in 1993...is also on pace to set single-season records for completion percentage (70.2) and passing efficiency (166.10)...has used 17 different receivers this year, including eight players who have caught 10 passes or more...a total of 10 different players have caught TD passes...ranks first in the Pac-10 and eighth nationally in passing efficiency at 166.10...dual threat quarterback who has rushed 448 yards on 51 carries (8.6) and three TDs this season to rank as Stanford's second leading rusher...his rushing total is the highest single-season total by a Stanford quarterback...has three runs for 50 yards or more this season (58 at Cal; 52 TD vs. Wake Forest; 51 TD at Washington)...completed 17-of-23 passes for 316 yards and four TDs in the season opener against Sacramento State...threw for 301 yards and four TDs in the first half alone...four TDs were a career high and the most by a Stanford quarterback since Trent Edwards threw for touchdowns against San Jose State in 2006...his passing total was the second highest of his career behind his 423-yard effort at Arizona in 2009...among his four TD strikes was an 81-yard bomb to Doug Baldwin in the first quarter, which ranked as the eighth longest touchdown pass in school history...completed 11-of-24 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 35-0 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl...connected with Ryan Whalen on a 16-yard TD pass to open the scoring and Coby Fleener on a three-yard score with 8:38 remaining in the fourth quarter...also rushed for a career high 63 yards on seven carries...completed 17-of-23 passes for 207 yards and four TDs in a 68-24 win over Wake Forest...also rank for a touchdown on a career long 52-yard run at the 7:42 mark of the second quarter...led Stanford to touchdown drives in all eight of his possessions...point total tied for the fourth highest output in Stanford history...also marked the fourth time as a starter Stanford had scored 50 or more points in a game...threw for 238 yards against Notre Dame, leading Stanford to its first win in South Bend since 1992...completed 19-of-32 passes and one TD vs. the Irish...connected with Coby Fleener on a 16-yard TD pass at the 3:37 mark of the first quarter to erase a 3-0 Notre Dame lead...completed 29-of-46 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-31 loss to fourth-ranked Oregon in Eugene...the completions and attempts were both a career high while the yardage was the second highest single-game total of his career...connected on TD passes to Griff Whalen and Coby Fleener and also ran for another score...completed 20-of-24 passes for 285 yards and three TDs in Stanford's 37-35 victory over USC...engineered the game-winning, 62-yard, seven play scoring drive over the last 1:02 which culminated in Nate Whitaker's 30-yard game-winning field goal...threw a pair of touchdown passes to Doug Baldwin and another to Konrad Reuland as Stanford posted its second straight win over USC...completed 20-of-28 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's 38-28 victory over Washington State...connected on scoring strikes to Doug Baldwin, Ryan Whalen and Coby Fleener...completed 19-of-26 passes for 192 yards and one TD at Washington...connected with tight end Zach Ertz on a three yard TD pass in the third quarter...the touchdown pass was his 20th of the season, moving him into a tie for fifth on Stanford's all-time single-season list...led Stanford to its eighth straight game of scoring 30 or more points, a school record...completed 23-of-32 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 42-17 victory over 13th-ranked Arizona...the passing total was the fourth highest of his career...Stanford improved to 4-1 against ranked teams with Luck at quarterback...completed a career-high 33 passes on 41 attempts for 292 yards in a win over Arizona State in Tempe...rallied Stanford from a 13-10, fourth quarter deficit as the Cardinal pulled out a 17-13 victory...was razor-sharp in a 48-14 victory over California with Stanford legend John Elway watching from the sideline...completed 16-of-20 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns as Stanford scored its most points ever against California in the 113th edition of the Big Game...Stanford scored on all eight of its possessions with Luck under center...also rushed for 72 yards on three carries...ran for a career long 58 yards on a first quarter carry that set up Stanford's first touchdown of the game...closed the regular season with an outstanding performance against Oregon State...completed 21-of-30 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Cardinal to a 38-0 victory over the Beavers...marked the third time this season he had thrown for four touchdowns in a game (Sacramento State, Wake Forest)...became the first quarterback in school history with three, 4 TD games in one season...connected with running back Tyler Gaffney on a 52-yard swing pass in the fourth quarter for his school record 28th touchdown pass of the season, breaking the previous single-season mark of 27, held by John Elway (1980) and Steve Stenstrom (1993).


Earned freshman All-America honors by CollegeFootballNews.com, Scout.com and Sporting News...first team all-freshman offense selection by Phil Steele...named national freshman of the year by Scout.com... also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team by Phil Steele, ESPN.com and Sporting News...enjoyed a sensational campaign in his first season at Stanford's starting quarterback...became the first freshman quarterback to start a season-opening game since Kyle Matter in 2002 at Boston College...was the first freshman to win the starting quarterback job in fall camp since Chad Hutchinson in 1996...was at the helm of the highest-scoring offense in school history in terms of total points (434)...set a Stanford freshman passing record with 2,575 yards...only an injury, which forced him out of the Sun Bowl, stood in the way of cracking Stanford's single-season top-10 list for passing yardage...tossed 13 touchdowns, which were the most by a Stanford frosh since Steve Stenstrom fired 15 scores in 1991...accurate passer who led the conference in passing efficiency (143.5)...ranked second among conference signal callers in total offense (244.1) and fifth in passing yards per game (214.6)...threw just four interceptions on the year, the lowest mark in the Pac-10...dual threat who also rushed for 354 yards on 61 carries (5.8)...his rushing total was the most by a Stanford quarterback since Gene Washington ran for 362 yards in 1966...his 2,929 yards in total offense ranked fifth on Stanford's single-season charts, 459 yards shy of Steve Stenstrom's record of 3,398, set in 1991...threw for 200 yards or more in six games, topped off by a career-high 423-yard effort at Arizona...made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Washington State and completed 11 of 23 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown...first career TD pass was a 63-yarder to Chris Owusu at the 11:54 mark of the second quarter, which ranks as Stanford's longest pass play of the season...completed a season-high 23 passes including two touchdowns on 34 attempts for 276 yards at Wake Forest...both touchdown passes went to Ryan Whalen...was an efficient 9 for 12 for 170 yards and one touchdown against San Jose State...completed 7 of 14 passes for 103 yards in Stanford's win over No. 24 Washington...completed 112 of 205 passes (54.6) for 1,833 yards and nine TDs over the final eight games of the season...included in the stretch was a spectacular, 423-yard, three-TD performance at Arizona, which ranked as the third-best passing game in Stanford history in terms of yardage...became the first Stanford quarterback to throw for over 400 yards with fewer than 25 completions (21)...completed three passes of 40 yards or more in the game...totaled 443 yards in total offense which ranked second on the school's single-game list...came back the following week to complete 17 of 28 passes for 236 yards in a 33-14 home win over Arizona State...played with poise beyond his years in engineering upsets of No. 7 Oregon and No. 11 USC in back-to-back weekends...completed 12 of 20 passes for 251 yards with two touchdowns against the Ducks...was 12 for 22 for 144 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford's 55-21 victory over USC at the Coliseum...closed out the regular season by completing 14 of 20 passes for 198 yards in Stanford's 45-38 win over Notre Dame...broke his right index finger in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame and was sidelined for the Sun Bowl contest vs. Oklahoma...first team All-Pac-10 academic selection...recipient of the Dewsarte-Eller Award honoring the team's top sophomore.

2008 (FRESHMAN)

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Graduated from Stratford High School in Houston, Texas...ranked as high as the No. 4 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com, the No. 5 overall recruit in Texas and the No. 47 overall recruit in the nation...Rivals.com tabbed him No. 1 on its list of the most accurate quarterbacks in the country, as well as No. 4 on its list of pro-style QB's, the No. 9 overall recruit from Texas and No. 68 overall player nationally...a SuperPrep All-American who ranked as the publication's No. 10 player in Texas and No. 7 QB nationwide...passed for 7,139 career yards and 53 touchdowns in three prep seasons, completing 488 of 824 passes (59.2%)...also added 2,085 career rushing yards...threw for 2,684 yards and 19 TDs while completing 196 of 338 passes as a senior in 2007 to earn second team All-Texas honors for Class 5A teams...was named the 19-5A District MVP and added a spot on the Rivals.com All-America team for juniors only in 2006 when he threw for 2,926 yards and 27 TDs on 176 of 257 passing...added 1,529 yards and seven TDs as a sophomore when he completed 116 of 229 throws...complemented his throwing exploits with rushing totals of 671 yards as a senior, 714 in his junior campaign and 700 during his sophomore season...son of former Houston Oiler and West Virginia quarterback Oliver Luck, who currently serves as the athletic director at West Virginia...served as the valedictorian of Stratford's graduating class of 2008...majoring in architectural design.


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uck's Career Highs
Passing Attempts: 46 at Oregon
2010 Passing Completions: 29 at Oregon, 2010 Passing Yards: 423 at Arizona, Oct. 17, 2009

Passing Touchdowns: 4 v. Sacramento State and v. Wake Forest,

2010 Long: 81 v. Sacramento State (to Baldwin), 2010.

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HONORS

2009

  • National Freshman of the Year, Scout.com

  • All-Pac-10 (honorable mention), Coaches

  • All-Pac-10 (third team), Phil Steele

  • Freshman All-American, Scout.com

  • Freshman All-American, CollegeFootballNews.com

  • Freshman All-American, Sporting News

  • Freshman All-American, Phil Steele

  • Pac-10 All-Freshman, Phil Steele

  • Pac-10 All-Freshman, CollegeFootballNews.com

  • Pac-10 All-Freshman, ESPN.com

  • Academic All-Pac-10 (first team)

    2010

  • Davey O’Brien Award, Watch List

  • Walter Camp Player of the Year, Watch List

  • Manning Award, Watch List

  • Maxwell Award, Watch List

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    CAREER PASSING YARDAGE
    PASSING YARDS CAREER
    10,531 Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94
    9,349 John Elway, 1979-82
    7,669 John Paye, 1983-86
    7,544 Jim Plunkett, 1968-70
    6,564 Todd Husak, 1996-99
    5,946 Guy Benjamin, 1974-77
    5,626 Andrew Luck, 2009-10
    5,429 Trent Edwards, 2003-06
    4,954 Jason Palumbis, 1988-91
    4,346 Chris Lewis, 2000-03

     

    SINGLE GAME PASSING YARDS
    PASSING YARDS
    GAME
    450 Todd Husak vs. Oregon State, 1998
    430 Steve Dils at Washington State, 1978
    423 Andrew Luck at Arizona, 2009
    419 Todd Husak at UCLA, 1998
    418 John Elway at Purdue, 1981
    408 John Paye at Oregon, 1985
    408 Steve Stenstrom at UCLA, 1994
    407 John Elway at Ohio State, 1982
    407 Steve Stenstrom at Oregon, 1993
    407 Steve Stenstrom vs. Oregon State, 1993

    CAREER PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
    TOUCHDOWNS
    CAREER
    77 John Elway, 1979-82
    72 Steve Stenstron, 1991-94
    52 Jim Plunkett, 1968-70
    45 Guy Benjamin, 1974-77
    41 Andrew Luck, 2009-10
    41 Todd Husak, 1996-99
    38 John Paye, 1983-86
    36 Trent Edwards, 2003-06
    33 Chris Lewis, 2000-03

     

    SINGLE SEASON TOUCHDOWNS
    TOUCHDOWNS
    SEASON
    28 Andrew Luck, 2010
    27 John Elway, 1980
    27 Steve Stensrom, 1993
    24 John Elway, 1982
    22 Steve Dils, 1978
    20 Jim Plunkett, 1969
    20 John Elway, 1981
    19 Turk Schonert, 1979
    19 Mark Butterfield, 1995

     

    SINGLE GAME TOUCHDOWN PASSES
    TOUCHDOWN PASSES
    GAME
    6 John Elway vs. Oregon State, 1980
    5 Mike Boryla vs. Washington State, 1973
    5 Steve Dils at Washington State, 1978
    5

    John Elway at Washington State, 1980

    5 John Elway vs. Oregon State, 1982
    5 Steve Stenstrom vs. Colorado, 1993
    5 Joe Borchard vs. UCLA, 1999
    4 Jim Plunkett vs. San Jose State, 1968
    4 Jim Plunkett at Purdue, 1969
    4 Jim Plunkett at Washington, 1969
    4 Mike Cordova vs. Army, 1975
    4 John Elway at Purdue, 1982
    4

    Steve Stenstrom vs. San Jose State, 1994

    4 Mark Butterfield vs. UCLA, 1995
    4 Chad Hutchinson vs. Oregon, 1997
    4 Todd Husak at Arizona State, 1999
    4 Randy Fasani vs. San Jose State, 2000
    4 Randy Fasani vs. Boston College, 2001
    4 Randy Fasani vs. Arizona State, 2001
    4

    Chris Lewis vs. California, 2001

    4 Trent Edwards at San Jose State, 2006
    4 Andrew Luck vs. Sacramento State, 2010
    4 Andrew Luck vs. Wake Forest, 2010
    4 Andrew Luck vs. Oregon State, 2010

     

    SINGLE SEASON PASSING EFFICIENCY
    PASSING EFFICIENCY
    GAME
    166.1 Andrew Luck (245-349, 3,051 yds, 7 Int. 28 TD), 2010
    163.2 Turk Schonert (148-221, 1927 yds, 6 Int., 19 TD), 1979
    150.2

    Steve Stenstrom (119-197, 1683 yds, 7 Int., 15 TD), 1991

    148.6 Steve Stenstrom (217-333, 2822 yds, 6 Int., 16 TD), 1994
    147.2

    John Elway (248-379, 2889 yds, 11 Int., 27 TD), 1980

    146.8

    Randy Fasani (86-167, 1479 yds, 4 Int., 13 TD), 2001

    146.3

    Steve Stenstrom (300-455, 3627 yds, 14 Int., 27 TD), 1993

    146.6 John Elway (262-405, 3242 yds, 12 Int., 24 TD), 1982
    143.5 Andrew Luck (162-288, 2575 yds, 4 Int., 13 TD), 2009
    142.6 Todd Husak (176-308, 2688 yds, 11 Int., 18 TD), 1999
    142.2

    Bobby Garrett (118-205, 1637 yds, 10 Int., 17 TD), 1953


    CAREER PASSING EFFICIENCY
    160.7

    Turk Schonert (152-230, 1,931 yds, 7 Int., 21 TD), 1977-79

    155.9

    Andrew Luck (407-637, 5,626 yds, 11 Int., 41 TD), 2009-Present

    142.7

    Steve Stenstrom (833-1320, 10,531 yds, 36 Int., 72 TD), 1991-94

    139.3 John Elway (774-1246, 9,349 yds, 39 Int., 77 TD), 1979-82
    137.3

    Steve Dils (274-433, 3,268 yds, 15 Int., 23 TD), 1977-78

    135.0 Randy Fasani (188-369, 2,973 yds, 11 Int., 25 TD), 1999-01
    130.7 Mark Butterfield (219-384, 2,858 yds, 10 Int., 19 TD), 1992-95
    129.9

    Guy Benjamin (488-808, 5,946 yds, 43 Int., 45 TD), 1974-77

    129.0

    Jim Plunkett (530-962, 7544 yds, 47 Int., 52 TD), 1968-70

    126.6

    Todd Husak (465-872, 6,564 yds, 24 Int., 41 TD), 1996-99

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    GAME BY GAME

    2010 STATISTICS
    OPPONENT
    PC
    PA
    YARDS
    TD
    INT
    Sacramento State
    17
    23
    316
    4
    0
    at UCLA
    11
    24
    151
    2
    0
    Wake Forest
    17
    23
    207
    4
    0
    at Notre Dame
    19
    32
    238
    1
    2
    at Oregon
    29
    46
    341
    2
    2
    USC
    20
    24
    285
    3
    0
    Washington State
    20
    28
    190
    3
    1
    at Washington
    19
    26
    192
    1
    1
    Arizona
    23
    32
    299
    2
    0
    at Arizona State
    33
    41
    292
    0
    1
    at Cal
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Oregon State
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0
    Post-season
    0
    0
    0
    0
    0

    2009 STATISTICS
    OPPONENT
    PC
    PA
    YARDS
    TD
    INT
    At Washington State
    11
    23
    193
    1
    0
    At Wake Forest
    23
    34
    276
    2
    1
    San Jose State
    9
    12
    170
    1
    1
    Washington
    7
    14
    103
    0
    0
    UCLA
    14
    20
    198
    0
    0
    At Oregon State
    12
    30
    226
    2
    0
    At Arizona
    21
    35
    423
    3
    1
    Arizona State
    17
    28
    236
    0
    0
    Oregon
    12
    20
    251
    2
    0
    At USC
    12
    22
    144
    2
    0
    California
    10
    30
    157
    1
    1
    Notre Dame
    14
    20
    198
    0
    0
    Oklahoma (Sun Bowl) Injured        

    CAREER STATISTICS
    YEAR
    G-GS
    PA
    PC
    PCT
    YDS
    TD/INT
    2009
    12-12
    288
    162
    56.2
    2,575
    13/4
    2010
    10-10
    299
    208
    69.6
    2,511
    22/7
    Totals
    22-22
    587
    370
    63.0
    5,086
    35/11

    CAREER HIGHS
     
    Passes Attempted: 46 at Oregon, 2010
    Pass Completions: 33 at Arizona State, 2010
    Passing Yards: 423 at Arizona, 2009
    Passing Touchdowns: 4 v. Sacramento State, 2010, 4 v. Wake Forest, 2010
    Rushing Yards: 92 at Washington, 2010
    Longest Pass: 81 yards to Doug Baldwin, v. Sacramento State, 2010

     

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    WHAT THEY'RE SAYING...


    Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh

    “He is the best player I have ever been around.”

    Sporting News

    “College football hasn’t produced a quarterback this polished, this ready for the next level at such an early point in his career in a long, long time.”

    Sporting News

    “It’s the combination of things that make Luck so good: a quick release, field vision, smart decision making and, as much as anything, an ability not to be overwhelmed by the moment. He’s 6-4, 235 and plays with the confidence of someone who knows he’s better than you—and wants to
    prove it.”

     

    Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh

    “Andrew is the finest football player I’ve ever been around and he’s one of the finest people I’ve ever been around.”

     

    Former NFL Quarterback Archie Manning and father of NFL signal callers Peyton and Eli Manning

    “Andrew is a very talented young man. He is so accurate with his throws. He has good passing techniques, and he is so smart throwing the ball down field. That is such a huge element of playing the position. Andrew can make all the throws necessary to be a really top-flight quarterback in college and in the pros. I was extremely impressed with him. Andrew came here to the camp as a high school quarterback about four or five years ago and you can see he is much stronger, and he has a chance to be a real special football player.”

    Phil Steele

    “There’s a lot to like about him—from the NFL system he plays in to his ability to read defenses and find the second the third progression targets. He has a strong arm, he’s a smart kid and the pressure to perform doesn’t intimidate him. He picked up on Harbaugh’s offense quickly and played with little flaws as a freshman. Just a tremendous amount of upside-more than anyone else in the college game.”


    Anonymous NFL scout as told to Sporting News

    “Luck should be one of the best QBs in the country and eventually give Stanford their NFL-record 4th #1 overall QB.”

    “Standing out by blending in, Luck has finally given everyone at Stanford a reason to cheer. The university’s best quarterback prospect since John

    Elway,

     

    NFL Draft.” Peter Thamel, New York Times

    "Luck is a former high school co-valedictorian and a potential top pick in the NFL."

    Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh

    “He’s the anti-celebrity quarterback. He’s got a beautiful blend of confidence and humility.”

     

    Los Angeles Daily News following his come from behind win over USC

    "Luck wasn't lucky, he was good. Even in the face of pressue, and the Trojans gave a good pass rush at times, he made plays. He was hit often after delivering passes and it's almost as if he enjoys the contact."

     

    Sportingnews.com

    "The more we see of Luck, the more impressive he becomes... He looked poised and confident in the pocket and showed great accuracy, througout the game. Nearly every pass he threw was on target."

     

    Washington Quarterback Jake Locker in the Seattle Times

    "He's a great guy, really down to earth, really funny guy. I really enjoyed spending time with him, getting to know him....I think he's really talented, really disciplined. He's a very productive quarterback."


    Former Heisman Trophy Winner Gino Torretta

    "He's got the arm... He has the athleticism and he also has the moxy."

     

    Chris Owusu, Stanford wide receiver

    “He’s always on point but he has taken his leadership skills to another level. He’s constantly studying the next opponent and always trying to improve his skills. I think that’s what great leaders do – they are always trying to improve their skills and make the people around them better.”

    -- What Opposing Coaches are Saying --

    Wake Forest Head Coach Jim Grobe

    “But he’s got it all. He’s the one guy that’s got obviously the great arm strength, but a really nice touch. He’s a big guy, he’s tall, so he sees everything. He’s really physical. He’s a great runner with the football... He just makes plays and is smart and you very rarely ever see a mistake made... He’s just special.”


    UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel

    “He was definitely as advertised. He was terrific. That quarterback is going to be a top guy. He is a remarkable player.

     

    "He is probably the best quarterback in the country in my opinion... He can do it all."
    -- Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford


    “The thing that really got my attention is his ability to run. I think he had a 50 something yard run for a touchdown (against Wake Forest). So his ability, his escapability, I didn’t know what it was. I now know what it is. The guy is extremely athletic, as well, and he can run. So he brings a big dimension to the table and not just throwing the football.”
    -- Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly

     

    “I think he is the top quarterback in the country. He can beat you in every different way. He's a special player. He makes it difficult to defend. There's not one weakness to defend against.”


    -- Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly on the Jim Rome Show

    "Their quarterback is the best in the country."
    -- Arizona State Head Coach Dennis Erickson on ESPN.com

    -- What Stanford's Former Quarterbacks are Saying --

    "I've watched several of their games on TV, and from what I've seen, he's got all the tools. It's a big help to him having (Jim) Harbaugh as his coach because of his NFL experience, as well as having his dad (Oliver Luck, another former NFL quarterback). The sky's the limit for him. What I like the most about him is his mobility, something I look at closely. He's got a great knack of moving around for his size. He's the complete package."
    -- Super Bowl Quarterback John Elway in the San Francisco Chronicle

     

    "What Former Cardinal Quarterbacks Say... "He came in with a lot of confidence, a lot of maturity. You get the sense from him just watching him at practice, before he even started a game because he redshirted, that there was something special about this young man... It's kind of hard to put into words... All of these kids can throw the ball, no doubt about it. But his vision, his timing, getting the ball out where it needs to be to be caught by the receiver only and not defended against, he almost had these attributes coming into Stanford, ahead of schedule. He was ready to go from the get-go. YOu see this in a few players over the years. Peyton (Manning), in particular had it."

    -- 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett said to The Sporting News

     

    "I think he's every bit as talented as any of the three big guys who got drafted this year. He's got a good arm, he throws touch, he's got good feet, mechanics. It's one year, but for as young as he is, he's got the chance to be as good as any of them, and that's saying a lot when you've got Elway, Plunkett and Brodie and a lot of other guys who have gone through there."
    -- 1978 Sammy Baugh winner Steve Dils said to The Sporting News

     

    "He sure could be the best Stanford ever had. He seems to be very, very developed in this play; he seems to be at a junior or senior class level."
    -- 1977 Sammy Baugh winner Guy Benjamin said to The Sporting News

     

    "I give Jim Harbaugh a lot of credit -- he knew a bit about the quarterbacks position in his own right. He's extremely well coached-- but obviously you have to have the talent."
    -- 1959 Sammy Baugh winner Nick Norman said to The Sporting News

     

    "What I noticed most was his accuracy on deeper throws. His arm isn't as strong as Elway's was, but I almost feel like he makes up for that with being a little more accurate than John was. John was more acrobatic-- he'd make unbelievable plays. Luck doesn't have as much of that big-play capability, but he is very consistent and very accurate. Kind of like Joe Montana."
    -- Stanford's third leading passer John Paye said to The Sporting News

     

    "If I am a college coach and can start a team from scratch, Andrew Luck would be my first pick.  He can do it all from a physical standpoint, but has the maturity and mental approach that makes him one of those special players that don’t come along very often.  He will likely end up as the greatest Stanford QB in history, but he understands that winning is the most important focus."
    --Todd Husak, third all-time in career passing and current Stanford color commentator




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