Tag:Andrew Luck
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:36 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:39 pm

Luck's dad: It's not end of world (if no Heisman)

TAMPA, Fla. – Oliver Luck, the father of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, said his son is not worried about the upcoming Heisman ceremony, but instead more concerned about his academics.

Shocking, huh? Not really.

“After the Notre Dame game (Nov. 26), we had brunch on Sunday and he said I’m just focused on school,” said Oliver Luck, also the West Virginia athletic director after the Mountaineers win at South Florida Thursday.

Andrew Luck was the overwhelming preseason favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded Dec. 10. Oliver Luck said while his son has handled the pressure of being the favorite all season, he’s tried not to get too anxious about the upcoming ceremony.

“I’m not anxious,” Oliver Luck said. “There’s nothing you can do about it. My wife and I are fairly relaxed. It would be great if he won the award, but if he didn’t win, someone is more deserving. It’s not the end of the world. I think the voters, I think they do a sincere job of voting for who is most deserving. It’s a subjective award.”

Oliver said he believes his son made the right decision by returning to Stanford this season. And this year couldn’t have gone any better – except for winning the Pac-12 title.

“It was his decision (to return), getting his degree,” Oliver Luck said. “If Stanford is able to stay in a BCS bowl (the Cardinal are expected to go to the Fiesta Bowl), it’s hard to argue with the decision. Most importantly he got his degree. You hate to belabor the point, but it matters.”

Luck is expected to be the first pick in the NFL Draft and the winless Indianapolis Colts would have that first pick. I asked Oliver Luck if he’s started buying any Colts gear.

“No comment,” Luck said, smiling.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 10:11 pm

Saban says Richardson "best player in country"

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban got right to the point when asked about running back Trent Richardson’s Heisman Trophy chances.

“To me Trent Richardson is the best football player in the country,” Saban said.

Richardson rushed for a career-high 203 yards at Auburn Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s 42-14 victory. Is that enough to win the Heisman? In this wild and wacky season, who knows?

“You love saying that about someone who is such a good person and someone who does so much to serve other people,” Saban said. “He is a great teammate. He is a leader. He cares about everyone around him. His performance and production pretty much speak for itself.”

Richardson has scored 23 touchdowns this season, one shy of tying the SEC’s single season record. Richardson said the fact he’s even mentioned for the Heisman is more of a team honor.

“It’s an honor to have my name mentioned in that situation and for this team,” Richardson said. “We do deserve it. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs. I think the offense deserves it, especially the offensive linemen.”

Does Richardson, who is averaging 132 yards per game, deserve the Heisman? I don’t think so.

There are too many great quarterbacks out there having great seasons – Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, Houston’s Case Keenum, Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Boise State’s Kellen Moore, USC’s Matt Barkley and Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden. But Richardson could have something that none of those quarterbacks have: and that’s a national title on Jan. 9

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