Like every coach dealing with the prospect of facing Andrew Luck this season, Duke head coach David Cutcliffe isn't real optimistic about his Blue Devils' ability to slow down the future No. 1 overall draft pick and Heisman Trophy finalist. But at least he lives in hope, as he told local radio station 620 (as transcribed by Football Scoop):
Cutcliffe joked, “I hope he keeps his beard and it grows over his eyes, so he can’t see.”That would be, uh, quite the beard. But if you haven't seen Luck's recent efforts, they're not quite on par with Troy punter Will Goggans's ... but we're seeing a lot of potential. The video evidence:
We're thinking Cutcliffe's best beard-related bet isn't that it cover Luck's eyes; it's that it forces his brain to overheat in the North Carolina September sun. Or that he gets it tangled in his facemask and trainers have to spend the entire second quarter cutting him free. Or that a gang of crazed Lincoln-Douglas debate reenactors abduct him en route to the stadium as a forced stand-in for Honest Abe.
Those all may sound awfully far-fetched. But as Cutcliffe would tell you, they're probably still more likely than the Blue Devils simply stopping a talent like Luck.