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2016 NFL DRAFT

Andrew Luck, QB

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Houston, TX
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 234 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/30/2012 - Coach Chuck Pagano on drafting Luck: "I feel like the luckiest man in the world right now. You know, it's obviously a great time, an exciting time. We've got our man in the fold. We feel like, most everybody felt like it was a foregone conclusion months ago, but I tip my hat to (general manager) Ryan (Grigson) and Tommy Telesco and the rest of the scouting staff. You can't imagine the hours, the man hours that went into this process. Not only evaluating the quarterbacks and Andrew and going through that whole process, but everything else in this draft. They did a fantastic job and what we found out in the end was again what everybody thought was a foregone conclusion. We did get the very best football player, the very best quarterback in this year's draft. We feel great about Andrew being in the fold." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Luck on the Colts drafting Stanford tight end Coby Fleener with the second pick in the second round: "For me, getting to play with him the past couple of years, it is speed, he is dynamic. Anytime we crossed the 50-yard line it seemed like we just said, 'Coby, go run. Go run past the safeties.' Hopefully it continues to work out." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Colts owner Jim Irsay on selecting QB Andrew Luck with the No. 1 draft pick: "All of the things that Andrew brings to Indianapolis and to the Colts are really special. I think when I was doing the interview process and talked to some of the top personnel people in the league for our general manager position, the comment you always got from them was, 'He is the best player I've scouted in 25 years. He is the top prospect I've graded in 20 years.' That sort of reputation of greatness has followed Andrew around, and he's handled it with so much humility. He probably doesn't even like me saying that, but it is true. We are really fortunate as a franchise to have him. We are really excited about this new era, and we look forward to doing great things as we go forward in this decade." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Pagano on Luck being on once-in-a-decade quarterback prospect: "You can talk about the measurables, all of his football I.Q., his character, his integrity, his passion for the game, his work ethic, he grew up in a football family, he's a worldly guy, he's been all over and raised all over. He is very, very humble and a great leader. He's very passionate. He's very, very competitive. When you look at it, and you look at clean players, and you talk about height, weight, speed, intelligence, I mean, if you want to label him a nine or 10 in every one of those categories, you probably can." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Luck on the Colts saying that there is no pressure on him as he comes in to take over the team's offense: "I think it is correct of (coach Pagano) to say that, and I don't think you want to get too ahead of yourself. You realize you have to go through a whole process leading up to a game through a season. But that being said, I do have high expectations for myself. I will try to do the best I can, and I said that earlier. It is cliche, but I will try to live up to my own expectations, fit in with all of the guys and then do the best we can." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Colts picks: 1/1 - Andrew Luck, QB, 6-4, 234, Stanford...Called the best quarterbacking prospect to come out of the college ranks in nearly 30 years. Has all the tools and pedigree to take over for former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The 2012 NFL draft was the first supervised by general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano in their current positions with the team. They both came away pleased with the results. "I feel great about our picks. I feel like we were disciplined. That was the plan, stay disciplined to our (draft) board. Take the best football players we could and build this thing the right way," Grigson said afterward. The Colts' 2012 draft was heavily favored in the direction of the offense, with eight players selected. There were two defensive players picked. Indianapolis wanted to add a cornerback, but missed out on the opportunity. "It was there and we had a guy we coveted that we felt really, really good about. And he fell off the board right before we got into position to grab the guy," Pagano said. "But that's how the draft is." BEST PICK: Quarterback Andrew Luck: Smart, heady, best quarterback and best player available in the 2012 draft. He is expected to do well as the heir to Peyton Manning's legacy in Indianapolis. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - General manager Ryan Grigson on getting Luck up to speed with the team's offense: "There are a lot of things we can do in this day and age with iPads, teleconferencing and things like that. Obviously he goes to a great school of higher learning. We want him to finish what he started there. It is a tremendous accomplishment with all he has done on the football field, and then what he has done in the classroom is pretty amazing as well. We will abide by the rules and that's all I have to say about that." - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Luck on following in the footsteps of former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning: "I think I realized you could go crazy just trying to measure yourself to Peyton Manning every day. I don't think that would be a sane way to live. I know his legendary status really, and he was my hero growing up. They are huge shoes to try and fill if you are trying to do that. But I will just try to put my best foot forward and work hard every day. If one day I can be mentioned alongside Peyton as one of the quarterback greats that would be a football dream come true." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - First-round coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft drew a combined total viewership of 25.3 million viewers on ESPN and NFL Network, according to The Nielsen Company. The networks posted a record combined average rating of 5.28 - an 18 percent increase over last year's first round (4.46 average rating). The combined two-network average of 8.1 million viewers is up 16 percent from last year (7.0 million) and ranks as the second-most-watched first round ever (8.3 million in 2010). NFL Network's first-round coverage drew a record average of 1.4 million viewers - a 40 percent jump over last year's previous record (1.0 million viewers). The NFL's digital media platforms -- including NFL.com, NFL Mobile Only From Verizon and other NFL mobile products -- set a record with its first-round draft coverage as unique visitors jumped 53 percent compared to last year (and 41 percent increase over 2010). - NFL Media

04/27/2012 - They got their guy. The Indianapolis Colts went into the 2012 draft with the idea that they needed to find a suitable replacement for former quarterback Peyton Manning, who was released on March 6. All along, it was thought that former Stanford signal-caller Andrew Luck would be that person. And while the Colts did their due diligence and also looked hard at ex-Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, in the end there was really no doubt who Indianapolis would eventually end up with. Luck was taken with the first overall pick and it only took Colts officials five minutes into the draft to make it official. "It's a new era, a new beginning. It's exciting. We got our guy," Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson proclaimed. "This guy is just flat-out genuine. He doesn't shove his intelligence down your throat. He doesn't need anybody to hold him by the hand ... he is ready. He's mature beyond his years." Coach Chuck Pagano was pleased that the Colts were able to select the player who is expected to become the new foundation of the franchise. "We did get the very best football player, the very best quarterback in this year's draft," Pagano voiced. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Earlier in the day, Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians discussed what a player of Luck's obvious talents can bring to the franchise. "I have no doubt in my mind that he's going to be himself and not try to do anything that's not him," Arians said. "I think that is one of the most impressive things about him is that he can be himself in all circumstances with all people and not have to change who he is." Interestingly, Arians was the Colts' quarterbacks coach when Manning was selected in 1998. "It is scary. Like I said, the family, the style of person, the style of player and what (Luck) brings to your organization is extremely comparable," he said, adding that he plans to bring the Colts' new quarterback along in much the same way that he did with Manning and later Ben Roethlisberger when Arians was Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator. "I think you have to keep the game simple. Let them play in Technicolor. Quarterbacks have to see a picture when they call a play, and you keep it as simple as possible for them. The ones like (Luck), Peyton, Ben and those guys, they are like piranhas. They eat information and gobble it up, and then you let them run with it. They make it work, because they understand it." Luck is still enrolled at Stanford and won't be available to participate in minicamps until his class has graduated on June 7. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 1. Indianapolis Colts: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford -- The centerpiece to a foundation largely to be constructed in this draft, Luck is compared to his predecessor, Peyton Manning, who quickly became the pillar of the Colts' franchise the last time Indy drafted a quarterback first overall in 1998. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford*: Due to his prototypical combination of size, arm strength, accuracy and intelligence, Luck's pro-readiness has often been compared to Peyton and Eli Manning. In reality, he's an even more impressive prospect than either of them due to his significantly better mobility and overall athleticism. For Luck to enjoy remotely close to the same success in the NFL as these two future Hall of Famers, he'll need the good fortunate of health and talent around him, but Luck is every bit as good as advertised and not only will be the first pick of the 2012 draft, he deserves to be. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/25/2012 - Erasing whatever suspense may have remained as to who the Indianapolis Colts' favored with the first pick of the 2012 NFL draft, general manager Ryan Grigson announced Tuesday that the team's choice Thursday will indeed be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. "In fairness to him, in the whole process and the media gauntlet he's going to be enduring over the next couple days, I thought it was the right thing to do to announce we're going to take him," Grigson said. "I didn't see the point in prolonging what the world already knew. It's about Andrew. We wanted to do the right thing by him." The news comes as no surprise. Frankly, once it became clear that Peyton Manning might miss the entire season, I wondered if the Colts' season wouldn't fall apart and that they'd find themselves in position to take Luck... and that was on September 7. Since finishing the season with the league's worst record, not only has Luck consistently been projected by each of CBS and NFLDraftScout.com's analysts as the No. 1 overall pick, he's earned glowing recommendations from the likes of respected quarterback guru George Whitfield and Warren Moon. Each, remember, correctly forecasted Cam Newton's spectacular rookie season a year ago. Luck, who Carolina Panthers' owner Jerry Richardson reportedly personally called to try to prod him into leaving school following the 2010 season, would have been the top pick a year ago over Newton. Ironically enough, he is largely viewed as the most pro-ready quarterback prospect since Manning, and as such, has been rated as NFLDraftScout.com's top prospect for nearly two years. He earned the highest grade I've given a quarterback since I began scouting professionally in 2001. I was personally on hand to watch the 6-4, 234 pound Luck's impressive Pro Day performance. Despite gusty conditions, an impressive effort only solidified Luck's grade. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: To be clear, Luck is a truly exceptional athlete himself, with workout results similar to those of Cam Newton. He is the son of Oliver Luck, the former Detroit Lions and Houston Oilers quarterback and current athletic director at West Virginia, and masterfully manipulated a pro-style offense coached until last year by former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh. Luck can make every throw, but, like almost everyone else, doesn't play with the urgency of Manning. His athleticism, genetics and coaching resulted in amazing college statistics. He completed 713 of 1,064 passes (67 percent) for 9,430 yards, 82 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and a passer rating of 162.8. And, while those are spectacular stats, Luck is expected finally to be the No. 1 because he is the safe pick. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Andrew Luck, Stanford, 6-4, 234...It seemed appropriate for a long time that Luck was hailed as the second coming of Peyton Manning, even if that isn't technically accurate. After all, Indianapolis has the first pick in the draft and that second-coming stuff goes hand-in-hand with Luck being considered the logical heir to the cerebral offense Manning ran so well for the Colts. But Luck isn't exactly Manning. And the Colts aren't the same Colts. So that begs the question -- are Luck and the Colts still a logical match? Owner Robert Irsay tweets all the right things about Luck, especially after the quarterback's team visit. And as the draft draws closer the inevitable sequence of events should be 1) Reports that Luck is indeed the Colts' pick (check); 2) Verification in an Irsay tweet that this is true; 3) Perhaps announcement of a signed contract. And, finally, Luck should be No. 1 after finishing second in two Heisman Trophy votes where he was expected to win at least once. Last year he yielded to Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is listed behind Luck on almost every draft list, including that of NFLDraftScout.com. But since the end of the season, more scouts questioned whether Luck really is a better pro prospect than the athletic RG3. Most still concede Luck is the safer pick. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/19/2012 - Andrew Luck has been informed by the Colts that he will be the No. 1 overall pick in next week's NFL Draft, according to ESPN. Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said on Wednesday that the team has known "for a long time" who it will select, but the report said it's not clear when Indianapolis informed Luck of the decision. "We've exhausted the process, pretty much made up our mind," said Grigson, who won't share the decision until the draft begins next Thursday, April 26. "We're going to go from there." Luck and Baylor Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III have been the top two overall rated players by NFLDraftScout.com since before the Scouting Combine in February. Griffin III is expected to be selected second overall by Washington. Grigson, hired from the Eagles in January as a first-time general manager, hasn't had an easy first few months on the job. He released Manning and popular Colts such as Dallas Clark and Joseph Addai while owner Jim Irsay stressed patience as the team rebuilds. Irsay said months ago that rebuilding would begin with a quarterback. Most project Luck as the top pick and there are pundits who rate him the top prospect at the position since Manning came out of Tennessee. Griffin gained momentum with a highly productive junior season and beat out Luck for the Heisman. But concerns about him coming from a spread offense and being described as a running quarterback work in Luck's favor. Scouts consider Luck cerebral but also very athletic with Combine testing numbers that put him in an elite class at the position. Grigson, a former offensive lineman at Purdue who was raised in Indiana, said the Colts won't draft for need with any of their 10 picks. He believes this draft class is exceptional along the offensive line. As far as shedding light on which quarterback the team will draft or any other specific players that stand out Grigson can't share that information. Not yet. "April 26," he said. --NFLD

04/18/2012 - The Indianapolis Colts have decided who to take with the No. 1 draft pick. They're just not planning to let the secret out until April 26. After months of speculation, scouting and scrutinizing, Colts general manager Ryan Grigson finally told reporters Wednesday that the Colts have a plan for their their first No. 1 overall selection in 14 years. "We've known for a little while. We've done all our due diligence," Grigson said during a 30-minute news conference. "Unless there's an unforeseen problem or something like that, we know what we're doing." Team owner Jim Irsay repeatedly has said the team will choose Peyton Manning's successor, presumably either Stanford's Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner. If the Colts take Luck, the Washington Redskins are expected to take Griffin with the second pick next Thursday night. Luck was expected to go No. 1 in 2011 before opting to return to school. His resume looks like an exact replica of Manning's - both stayed in school one year longer than expected, both finished as Heisman Trophy runner-ups and both had fathers who played quarterback in the NFL. While the Colts sent a larger contingent of scouts to Griffin's pro day in Texas than Luck's pro day at Stanford, Luck had a personal workout for the Colts and traveled to Indianapolis for a personal interview. Griffin was advised by his agent to do neither and, apparently, it wasn't the only reason Griffin didn't come to town. "You get to a point where you know what you're going to do," Grigson said. - AP Sports

04/12/2012 - The debate over whether Stanford's Andrew Luck or Baylor's Robert Griffin III most deserves to be the next Indianapolis Colts' quarterback is nearing an end. And all signs point toward Luck, the polished passer whose name has been linked to the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft for the past two years. Luck met with Colts owner Jim Irsay for three hours Tuesday at the team's training complex in Indianapolis and is expected to travel to Washington later this week to meet with the Redskins - who hold the No. 2 overall pick. But Irsay insists the franchise still is open-minded about which player it will select when the draft begins on April 26 in New York City. Griffin, after all, wowed scouts with his athleticism at February's NFL combine and beat out Luck for the 2011 Heisman Trophy. ESPN analyst Jon Gruden - who met with both quarterbacks as part of his annual "Gruden's QB camp" television specials - said during a Wednesday conference call that the Colts couldn't go wrong picking either player. "It's like strawberry or vanilla," the former Super Bowl championship coach said. "You like both kinds, you've just got to go solo, you've got to pick strawberry or vanilla. These two kids sat on the podium at the Heisman Trophy balloting, and we all knew it was going to be Luck or Griffin. That's how close it was. Everybody expected Luck, and if you didn't expect Luck you expected Griffin or vice versa. It's the same way in this draft. The Redskins and the Colts are just real lucky if you ask me because they're looking for quarterbacks, and it just so happens in this draft there are two great proven commodities at that position." - George Bremer, The Herald Bulletin

04/11/2012 - Add Jon Gruden to the already extensive list of analysts who believe Robert Griffin III would fit perfectly into Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan's system if Washington picks the Baylor quarterback in the NFL draft. Gruden has spent time breaking down tape with Griffin and watching him throw as part of the former NFL coach's "Gruden's QB Camp" series on ESPN. He says the Heisman Trophy winner's athleticism and mobility position him for success similar to what John Elway and Steve Young enjoyed. "I think it's real exciting for the Redskins because of Mike Shanahan's expertise with mobile quarterbacks," Gruden said during a teleconference Wednesday. "Some of the best tape that I've ever studied was Mike Shanahan and John Elway in Denver, back-to-back Super Bowl win teams. They took advantage of Elway's mobility. A lot of people forget how extraordinary Elway was handing the ball off to Terrell Davis, and those bootlegs, those naked bootlegs off of those stretch plays was devastating. "And what Mike did as an offensive coordinator with San Francisco with Steve Young - another mobile quarterback - those are some of the best offensive tape I've ever seen. I think when you get Robert Griffin, one of the most explosive quarterbacks to ever play the position, in a Mike Shanahan-type system, the possibilities are very exciting, I think, with Mike Shanahan's imagination." When it comes to Griffin's skill-set, Gruden has no question that the quarterback's game will translate to the NFL. But early on, Gruden says there are some obstacles that Griffin will have to overcome. - Mike Jones, The Washington Post

04/06/2012 - Indianapolis is expected to take Andrew Luck, who was put through his paces during a private workout for Colts coaches and administrators this past week. Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay continues to maintain that the team has not yet decided on either Luck or Griffin. General manager Ryan Grigson, coach Chuck Pagano, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen and vice-president/director of player personnel Tom Telesco were on hand for the workout on the Stanford campus. Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted about the team's private workout with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck: "A Luck private workout 2day..we want 2b as thorough n disciplined n process of #1 pick..we wanted 2do private with RG3 (Baylor QB Robert Griffin III),but his agent said no." - The Sports Xchange

04/05/2012 - No one was talking, but that didn't mean all was quiet regarding the Indianapolis Colts and their ever-evolving quarterback situation. The team had no comment after putting former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck through a private workout Tuesday in Palo Alto, Calif. Among those on hand were general manager Ryan Grigson, coach Chuck Pagano, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen. Luck couldn't be reached for comment. George Whitfield Jr., Luck's private coach, was not allowed in the workout but said, "Things went well. Not much news." - Mike Chappell, The Indianapolis Star

04/03/2012 - The Colts planned a private workout Tuesday with Andrew Luck on the campus of Stanford University, according to the Indianapolis Star. The potential No. 1 pick will throw for Colts coach Chuck Pagano, GM Ryan Grigson, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, VP of football operations Tom Telesco and team owner Jim Irsay. Irsay, who has not publicly chosen between Baylor QB Robert Griffin III or Luck, tweeted Tuesday that the club sought and was denied a workout with Griffin. Said Irsay: "A Luck private workout 2day..we want 2b as thorough n disciplined n process of #1 pick..we wanted 2do private with RG3,but his agent said no" The Colts were represented at the Pro Days of both quarterbacks in March, when Irsay told USA TODAY Sports a decision between the two passers was "up in the air." - Robert Klemko, USA TODAY

03/27/2012 - Colts owner Jim Irsay said it's not a foregone conclusion that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the franchise's first overall pick in next month's draft over Baylor's Robert Griffin III. "It's up in the air,'' Irsay told USA TODAY. "We have to look at this thing completely open-minded. "You have two outstanding athletes, two great pure passers, two guys from families that are incredible.'' Irsay said he, general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano have yet to make a decision, but negotiations could be a factor. "If we get to the point where we're going to negotiate early, get something done before the draft, you never rule that out,'' Irsay said. "We've talked to both agents. We haven't negotiated yet.'' - Jim Corbett, USA Today

03/26/2012 - Andrew Luck is widely expected to be the No. 1 overall pick when the NFL Draft begins April 26, but the former Stanford star said the Indianapolis Colts have not reached out to begin contract negotiations. "They haven't said those words yet," Luck told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday when asked if the Colts have told him he'll be the top pick. Luck admitted he wants to be the No. 1 pick, but respects the Colts' need to do their due diligence. He hasn't watched much film of Robert Griffin III, Baylor's Heisman Trophy winner expected to go second overall to Washington, but understands their careers will inevitably be stacked against each other. "I'm sure it'll be a classic comparison between the two. In my mind that's driven almost 100 percent by the media," Luck told Patrick. "I've gotten to know Robert pretty good. I'm a big fan of his, and I'll probably alway be a big fan. He's a great guy, and I'm sure we'll be compared throughout our careers." For now, Luck has bigger things on his mind, such as returning to school April 2 to finish two classes before graduation in June ... and what to wear in the Green Room on draft night. "I have two suits. I'm going to let my mom pick because I have a terrible fashion sense," he said. "I'll give her the benefit of the doubt." Being on the Stanford campus also has the bonus in that Luck isn't a rock star everywhere he goes. " I think the great thing about the Stanford community - the Stanford students - is they could almost care less about the jock football player," he said. "They have royalty. Clintons have gone here. So many famous people doing great things in their own right that no one really bothers the quarterback too much." Until April 26 at least. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

03/26/2012 - The Indianapolis Colts will soon get a more thorough look at Andrew Luck. They won't have the same opportunity with Robert Griffin III. General manager Ryan Grigson said Monday the Colts plan to bring Luck to Indianapolis for an individual workout during the next couple of weeks. Luck is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick in next month's draft. Griffin is expected to go second, but Grigson said the Colts wouldn't see the Heisman Trophy winner work out at the team complex. "Circumstances didn't allow us to do anything private with him (Griffin) so we did the usual Pro Day," Grigson said during a conference call. "We did the best we could with that situation. We do have a private workout that we're scheduling with Andrew in the future." Grigson was ill last week and could not attend Griffin's workout in Waco, Texas, or Luck's workout in Palo Alto, Calif., though there were Colts representatives in both places. Team owner Jim Irsay has already said he plans to take Peyton Manning's successor with the No. 1 pick, but nobody within the organization is saying whether they'll take the consensus favorite, Luck, or the fast riser, Griffin. Luck is considered the most polished quarterback to come out of college since Manning was taken No. 1 overall by the Colts in 1998. - AP Sports

03/22/2012 - Andrew Luck shook off a pair of poor early passes to put on an impressive throwing session in windy conditions at Stanford's Pro Day on Thursday. Following Robert Griffin III's outstanding effort in an indoor workout at Baylor the day before, Luck performed a throwing session scripted by noted quarterbacks coach George Whitfield. He looked particularly comfortable throwing on the run, and the session showed off his accuracy and anticipation skills. Several representatives from the Colts and Redskins, owners of the top two picks in next month's draft, took in both workouts the past two days. Luck is expected to be the No. 1 pick by Indianapolis, and did nothing to hurt his cause Thursday. Quarterback Pro Days are largely for show, with easy throws scripted to display strengths. While mechanics and arm strength issues can also pop up, Luck and RG3 long ago convinced scouts they will be excellent NFL quarterbacks. "The best Pro Day that I've ever seen was JaMarcus Russell," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said of the former No. 1 overall pick by the Raiders. "And I told you back then I didn't give him a first-round grade, even though it was the best Pro Day I've ever seen in my life. I never thought the kid would be an NFL quarterback, and he wasn't. "So how important is what I saw yesterday and today? A general manager in the NFL said to me today. 'this is just gravy. You have already done all the work. You already know what the kid is. Now you get to come out here and it's just gravy.' Just make sure everything cross-checks. Sometimes we put way too much into measurable and men in shorts, because that's not real football." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

03/22/2012 - Stanford Pro Day: If Robert Griffin III's spectacular Pro Day workout Wednesday tightened whatever gap there was between he and Andrew Luck, the Stanford quarterback responded Thursday at his own on campus workout the same way he has taken on every other challenger to his throne as the elite player in this draft - with unassuming dominance. Fighting wind gusts of an estimated 20 miles per hour, Luck completed 45 of the 48 passes quarterbacks guru George Whitfield told scouts before the workout his pupil would be throwing. Only one pass - a deep ball early in his session - was thrown poorly. The pass held up in the wind and fluttered, though it was caught. The three incompletions were perfectly thrown passes delivered to wide receivers Griff Whalen and Chris Owusu, as well as one thrown to tight end Coby Fleener that simply slipped through the fingers of his normally sure-handed targets. Luck did this after completing every one of the estimated 20 warm-up throws. "(Luck's) throwing session was the kind of workout we all expected," one high-ranking team official thought to be considering a quarterback told me, speaking on the condition of anonymity. "The quick release, mobility, anticipation and touch were all there. He also showed a bit more arm strength than you might have thought based on tape, especially on that last deep ball. It was wind-aided, of course, but that ball went 70-plus (yards) and he didn't wind up; he just let it rip." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/22/2012 - Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck showed off his skills for NFL scouts, then shared his thoughts with the media on a variety of topics Thursday during Stanford's Pro Timing Day. Luck said he has had multiple conversations with the Indianapolis Colts, who hold the No. 1 pick, and met Wednesday with officials from the Washington Redskins, who pick second. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and owner Daniel Snyder attended the workout at Stanford. "I'm still very focused on making myself better,'' Luck said. "Sure, you want to go No. 1. But I'm preparing myself for the NFL. That's my focus and it hasn't been hard to stay on that path.'' Luck had little to say about the Indianapolis Colts' decision to release Peyton Manning - "They had to do what the club felt was the best move for them'' - or the competition with Baylor's Robert Griffin III to be the first player selected. "It's a long process,'' he said. "The draft isn't for another month. A lot can happen.'' Luck was the star attraction during a two-hour workout featuring a dozen Stanford prospects running the 40-yard dash and performing various agility drills. With more than 100 NFL scouts and general managers in attendance, Luck completed 46 of 50 passes (three drops). "I wanted to show I could make all the throws I'll be asked to do" in the NFL. - Jon Wilner, The San Jose Mercury News

03/22/2012 - Stanford Pro Day: The workout wasn't flashy. Frankly, having attended the Pro Days of other top quarterback prospects Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford and Jake Locker in recent years, I'd rank it second to Bradford's. That said, Bradford had the luxury of throwing inside and had more to prove after missing the 2009 season with a shoulder injury. "I think I wanted to come out here and put my best foot forward in front of the scouts," Luck said following the workout. "I thought I did that. I thought I made the throws I needed to make." The workout was taken in by representatives of virtually every team. Surprisingly, Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson were not seen, though the Colts did have at least two representatives on hand, including quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen. The Washington Redskins, owners of the No. 2 overall pick, were well represented. Owner Daniel Snyder, head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen were all present. Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert and Oakland Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie were among the other decision-makers on the field. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

03/21/2012 - Twelve former Stanford football players will showcase their talents before representatives from NFL teams on Pro Timing Day to be held on the Stanford campus on Thursday, March 22. Former players expected to participate are Johnson Bademosi, David DeCastro, Coby Fleener, Cory Gatewood, Delano Howell, Andrew Luck, Jonathan Martin, Matt Masifilo, Chris Owusu, Jeremy Stewart, Michael Thomas and Griff Whalen. The day consists of classroom testing, weight room evaluations, on-field agility drills and football specific position drills. Pro Timing Day operates with a similar format to the NFL Combine held annually in Indianapolis each February. Stanford's Pro Day will be televised live on ESPNU and streamed on ESPN3 beginning at 11:00 a.m. In addition, the NFL Network will be airing two live shows from Stanford as part of Pro Day coverage, the first from 12-1:00 p.m. and a recap show from 3-4:00 p.m. The event is not opened to the public. - Stanford football

03/07/2012 - Fans enjoyed the NFL Scouting Combine across all NFL Media platforms in large numbers again in 2012. For the second consecutive year more than 6.5 million viewers tuned in to NFL Network's exclusive coverage of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine Presented by Under Armour (6.51 million in 2012, 6.55 million in 2011). Those totals represent large jumps over 2010 (5.2 million viewers) and 2007 (3.7 million viewers), according to The Nielsen Company. Sunday's seven hours of live coverage featuring quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers was the most-watched Combine telecast of all-time with an average of 450,000 viewers up 11 percent from last year (406,000) and up 62 percent from 2010 (277,000). The audience on the NFL's digital media properties including NFL.com, NFL Mobile Only From Verizon and other mobile outlets jumped 37 percent for full Combine coverage with unique users from Sunday's workout coverage spiking 39 percent. - NFL Media

02/25/2012 - The top four quarterbacks on NFLDraftScout.com's board are not throwing passes at the 2012 Scouting Combine. Stanford's Andrew Luck (own choice), Baylor's Robert Griffin III (own choice), Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill (foot) and Arizona State's Brock Osweiler (unknown) have each said they won't be throwing at the Combine. Highly regarded quarterbacks electing to hold off until their Pro Day is nothing new, of course. Often the reasons given by these quarterbacks as to why they'd rather wait until their Pro Day is the fact that they'll be throwing to their own receivers in the surroundings they've grown accustomed to. NFLDraftScout.com, however, was told of another reason why quarterbacks may want to wait until their on-campus workouts. The high-level source used Cam Newton's erratic performance during the Combine throwing session last year as an example."Last year [scouts] didn't sync the QB drop and the wide receiver pattern. For example, [Newton] was dropping five steps but the wide receivers were doing three step type patterns." The miscommunication caused Newton's accuracy to appear to be inconsistent. He took the hit publicly for a mediocre performance and to his credit never said a word publicly about what may have been the biggest reason for it. The Carolina Panthers obviously looked past the performance -- and considering the terrific rookie season Newton had in 2011, they were certainly wise in doing so. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/24/2012 - The speculation is over, the top two rated quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL draft won't be throwing passes at the Combine. Stanford's Andrew Luck and Baylor's Robert Griffin each made their announcements during today's media session at the Combine. Luck will do every other athletic drill at the Combine other than throw. Griffin will run. Each is saving their throwing session until they can work with their own receivers during their Pro Days. Stanford's Pro Day is March 22. Baylor's was scheduled for the same day until it was changed so that scouts could see both Luck and Griffin throw. While scouts would certainly love to see Luck and Griffin choose to throw this week, their decisions to push back their throwing sessions won't impact their draft stock. Highly regarded quarterbacks often choose to wait until their Pro Day workouts. Cam Newton, last year, was a notable exception. Luck and Griffin III are NFLDraftScout.com's top two rated prospects for the 2012 draft and are projected as the first two picks in my current mock draft. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - Colts general manager Ryan Grigson denied a report that the team advised Luck not to throw at the combine and just throw at his March 22 Pro Day. "I never said anything. Players are allowed to make their own decisions what they're going to do at the combine," Grigson said. "I've had no bearing on that, believe me." Griffin III is also expected to skip Sunday's on-field throwing session for the quarterbacks and wait for his March 21 pro day. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - On Andrew Luck's abilities...JH: You ever played spades? Trump games? He's holding a lot of aces in a lot of suits....On Luck's specific abilities. JH: He's got all the qualities, really, mentally, physically. He's as prepared as anybody that you're going to find. He's really good. How about that one? He's got a lot of talent....On the pressure Luck faces being compared to Manning, Elway, etc. JH: Well, fair or unfair, it's the nature of the business. But he's very equipped to deal with it. He's very mature....What stood out about Luck, his growth, etc? JH: Many things...Specifically? JH: I know you're looking for bullet points but ... a lot of things. What specifically? ... All great. Like I said, he's one of the finest football players I've ever been around. Is that good enough? And an even better person. One of the top 5 guys I've been around. So he's just a joy to coach. Not going to like playing against him. Not looking forward to that. - Jim Harbaugh, 2012 NFL Combine Transcript

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 1. *Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, 6-4, 235, 1...Hailed by some as the second coming of Peyton Manning, Luck should be the first player picked in the 2012 NFL Draft after finishing second two consecutive years in the Heisman Trophy race. Considering their mental, emotional and many of their physical abilities, the comparison to Manning seems appropriate. Both have great focus and an exceptional ability to read defenses and put the ball where receivers can catch and run. And they can do it on every throw in the playbook. Although Manning plays with a little more urgency, Luck has more natural athletic ability and overall speed, an aspect of his game that is often overlooked. The ultimate result of nature and nurture, Andrew is the son of Oliver Luck, former Houston Oilers quarterback and current athletic director at West Virginia, and was coached most of his college career by former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh, now with the 49ers. Luck earned a degree in architectural engineering and is more than ready to build a great pro career on top of a phenomenal, three-year college campaign in which he completed 713 of 1,064 passes (67 percent) for 9,430 yards, 82 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and a passer efficiency rating of 162.8. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/22/2012 - Former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the projected No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft, has been training with quarterback guru George Whitfield. Whitfield, who worked with last year's No. 1 pick Cam Newton, said Tuesday he had three sessions with Luck in Los Angeles leading into the NFL scouting combine later this week in Indianapolis. He also said he'll move to Palo Alto, Calif., to work with Luck for three more weeks before his pro day on March 22. "There are things he wants to work on, but this is refinement not an installation or a surgery," Whitfield said. "It's about getting reps and he's really a marvel to watch. Very sound. Very consistent. Physically impressive. A power guy. A strong guy which people underestimate. One thing we've been doing is working the throws out on the perimeter -- those throws outside the hash marks." - ABC TV11 News

02/13/2012 - Despite the recent trend of first-round quarterback prospects to sign with either the CAA (Tom Condon, Ben Dogra, and now Jimmy Sexton) or Athletes First (David Dunn) agencies for their first NFL negotiations -- although top 2011 pick Cam Newton hired veteran Bus Cook to do his contract -- Stanford star Andrew Luck has retained the Wasserman Media Group to hammer out his initial deal. Luck becomes the first NFL(-to-be) client for WMG, which has hired William Wilson, the uncle of his presumptive top pick, as a new associate. In the past, Wasserman has focused principally on basketball and soccer clients. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/19/2012 - The NFL announced Thursday morning that a record-breaking 65 underclassmen have been granted special eligibility for the 2012 draft. The previous high was 56 which last occurred a year ago. So much for the theory that lesser contracts for high draft picks would curtail the mass exodus of young players into the NFL. Prominent among the list, of course, is Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and a host of other supremely talented underclassmen that we covered in this underclassmen tracker. While college coaches are likely bemoaning the loss of so many talented players today, NFL teams couldn't be happier. Frankly, this was an average senior class at most positions and the underclassmen have greatly improved the talent level. In fact, if one were to go group by group, they'd find that an underclassmen ranks at the top of 10 of the 15 offensive and defensive positions on NFLDraftScout.com's board. An even greater testament to the impact underclassmen will have on this draft class, consider that of the highest ranked 11 prospects graded by NFLDraftScout.com, 10 are underclassmen. Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still, currently ranked eighth overall, is the exception. Following Still and North Carolina's Quinton Coples, however, are four underclassmen - each of whom could be first round picks. - NFLDraftScout.com

01/02/2012 - Scouting the Stanford passing game: QB Andrew Luck is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft in the spring, so it's obvious the Cardinal has a strong passing game. The Cardinal does not rely on the pass, however, and runs the ball more often than it passes. Luck's numbers are similar to last year's. Luck should be able to get a lot of passing yards against Oklahoma State, but he needs to avoid interceptions, because the Cowboys rank second in the nation in interceptions, with 23. Luck's pass efficiency rating of 167.50 is down slightly from last season's 170.16, but he has three more touchdown passes (35 to 32) and one more interception (nine to eight) than last season. Two issues are different, though. The protection has not been quite as good this season, and he does not have the talent at wide receiver he did a year ago. His chief receiving threats this season are his tight ends, especially Coby Fleener, who has 10 touchdown catches and was a first-team all-conference selection. - The Sports Xchange

01/02/2012 - QUOTE TO NOTE: "Charles Woodson. Charles Woodson was the best player in college football when he won the Heisman, and he didn't win it on stats. He won it because he was doing something that had never been done before. He was a great receiver, great defensive back and a great punt returner. There were guys with better numbers, but voters realized Charles was special. That's how I see Andrew. There are people out there that don't grasp what Andrew does. I can't think of any quarterback in college football history that has done what Andrew has over the last three seasons from a game management standpoint. We have a quarterback who calls plays at the line of scrimmage. It's unheard of in the college game." - Stanford coach David Shaw, when asked to compare Andrew Luck to another player. - The Sports Xchange

01/02/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Stanford is 10-11-1 in bowl games, and it stopped a three-game bowl losing streak with its impressive 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in last season's Orange Bowl. This is the Cardinal's third consecutive bowl appearance. It lost to Oklahoma 31-27 in the 2009 Sun Bowl, but Andrew Luck did not play in that game because of a broken index finger. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Andrew Luck was the Heisman Trophy runnerup last season, and he is in the running to win it this year. He ranks fifth in the nation in passing efficiency, although he has not been quite as sharp over the last few games as he was earlier in the season. He is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in next spring's NFL draft. Although his throwing fundamentals are flawless, he does not get enough credit for his reads and his running ability. His ability to scramble yields a lot of important first downs, and he has the task of calling most plays at the line of scrimmage from among three or four issued by the coaches. He must avoid turnovers against Oklahoma State. - The Sports Xchange

12/10/2011 - Wherever Andrew Luck winds up in the NFL, the Stanford quarterback put to bed the notion that he's unwilling to coexist with an established veteran passer. "I'm sure it would be a positive," Luck told The Baltimore Sun on Friday. "I'm sure it would all work out, whatever the situation is." In an interview last week, Archie Manning hinted that his son, Peyton, and Luck would not want to play on the same team. One reason for that was Luck's ability to play right away, according to Archie. On the latter point, Luck seemed to agree. "If you look at the league right now, all the rookies that are doing so well, I think it's very possible to start," Luck said. Luck was in Baltimore to collect the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given to college's top senior or fourth-year junior passer. During the event, he was photographed in a throwback Johnny Unitas jersey, an image that barnstormed Twitter and the web but was only ceremonial, according to Luck. "I haven't really given much thought to the different scenarios of what could happen because I've got a bowl game to prepare for," he said. - Marc Sessler, NFL.com

12/09/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD WINNER (BEST ALL-AROUND PLAYER): 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. - Stanford football

12/08/2011 - Quarterback Andrew Luckof Stanford University, one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy and the son of Capital One Academic All-America?? Hall of Fame member Oliver Luck, leads the Capital One Academic All-America?? Division I football team, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Honored as the Academic All-America?? Team Member of the Year for Division I football, Luck is a junior who is an Architectural Design major with a 3.48 G.P.A. The winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the top quarterback in college football, Luck has led No. 4 Stanford to an 11-1 record and a berth in the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl where the Cardinal will face No. 3 Oklahoma State (11-1) on Jan. 2. In 12 games this season, the Houston, Texas native has completed 261-of-373 passes for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns. He ranks fifth in the nation with a 167.5 passing efficiency. As a starting quarterback, he has led Stanford to a 31-6 record, the most wins ever by a Stanford quarterback. - Stanford football

12/08/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year and his offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro joined him on the first team on Thursday afternoon. Luck is the first Stanford quarterback since Jim Plunkett in 1970 to receive the award. He is also the eighth Pac-12 player to earn top billing. Luck is also the third Stanford quarterback to be a first team selection, joining Plunkett and John Elway (1982). It is also the first time that three Stanford players have been first team selections and first time for the Pac-12 since USC in 2005. "Andrew's poise, leadership, and consistency have been trademarks of the Cardinal's outstanding 2011 season," said Foundation President John Marks. Earlier on Thursday, Luck was named CoSIDA's Academic All-American of the Year for Football, carrying a 3.48 GPA as an architectural design major. Luck, who is a finalist for tonight's Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards, led the Pac-12 and ranked fifth nationally with a 167.50 pass efficiency rating. He threw for Stanford single-season record 35 touchdowns, had nine interceptions and completed 70 percent of his passes. - Stanford Football

12/08/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD FINALIST (BEST QUARTERBACK): Andrew Luck, Stanford, Sr...Luck passed for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns for a 167.5 passer rating in leading fourth ranked Stanford to an 11-1 record. He quarterbacked the Cardinal to back-to-back seasons of at least 11 wins for the first time ever, and now ranks first on Stanford's all-time career list for touchdown passes (80), total offense (10,043 yards), and completion percentage (.664). - Stanford football

12/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST (BEST ALL-AROUND PLAYER): Andrew Luck, Stanford, QB, Sr...Luck, who was named the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Year for a second straight season, has completed 261 of 373 passes (70.0) for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. He leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (167.5) and under his guidance the Cardinal is averaging 43.6 points a game, which ranks fifth nationally, and 480.9 yards a game in total offense. He has quarterbacked Stanford to a 23-2 record dating back to last season, as the Cardinal has spent a school-record 22 weeks ranked in the Top 10 of the Associated Press poll. In the regular season finale against Notre Dame, Luck broke Stanford's single season and career mark for touchdown passes, running his totals to 35 and 80, respectively. He also set a new career standard for total offense with 10,218 yards. Stanford is 31-6 (.838) in Luck's 37 career starts. His 31 wins as a starter ranks first among the school's all-time list of quarterbacks. - Stanford football

12/07/2011 - 2011 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: QB Andrew Luck, Sr., Stanford, has been selected to the 2011 AFCA FBS Coaches' All-America Team announced by the American Football Coaches Association. Luck, who is a finalist for the Walter Camp Foundation Player of the Year, Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards, completed 261 of 373 passes (70.0) for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. He leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (167.5) and under his guidance, the Cardinal is averaging 43.6 points a game, which ranks fifth nationally, and 480.9 yards a game in total offense. He has quarterbacked Stanford to a 23-2 record dating back to last season, as the Cardinal has spent a school-record 21 weeks ranked in the Top 10 of the Associated Press poll. In the regular season finale against Notre Dame, Luck broke Stanford's single season and career mark for touchdown passes, running his totals to 35 and 80, respectively. He also set a new career standard for total offense with 10,218 yards. Stanford is 31-6 (.838) in Luck's 37 career starts. His 31 wins as a starter ranks first among the school's all-time list of quarterbacks. - Stanford football

12/06/2011 - Stanford junior quarterback Andrew Luck said he's "absolutely" prepared to go to the NFL after the Cardinal finish their season in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma State on Jan. 2. "I think I'm going to hopefully play professional football if a team will have me," Luck told ESPN on Monday night. That might be the understatement of the year. Projected as the top prospect available in the 2012 draft by NFLDraftScout.com since the end of last April's draft, Luck is one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy to be announced Saturday. Luck likely would have been the top overall pick last year, but returned to Stanford for his redshirt junior season to pursue his architectural design degree and believed it was understood he'd go to the NFL after this season. "I thought it was pretty formal or understood when I came back for my final year, so I have no clue if I'll make a formal announcement or not," Luck said. Many NFL scouts have touted Luck as the best quarterback prospect entering the NFL in the past two decades. And he could well end up in Indianapolis, where the 0-12 Colts have been without injured Peyton Manning all season. The Vikings and Rams are the next closest teams to the top pick, but each have two wins with four games to play. "It will work itself out," Peyton's father, Archie Manning, told Colin Cowherd on ESPN radio Tuesday morning when asked about the Colts' quarterback situation. Luck has thrown for 3,170 yards with 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. - The Sports Xchange

12/05/2011 - 2011 HEISMAN TROPHY AWARD FINALIST: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who led Stanford to an 11-1 record this season and its second consecutive Bowl Championship Series bowl, has been named one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which honors the nation's most outstanding college football player. Luck, who finished second in last year's Heisman Trophy balloting behind Auburn's Cam Newton, joins Wisconsin's Montee Ball, Baylor's Robert Griffin III LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama's Trent Richardson as finalists for college football's top individual honor. Luck and the other finalists will be on hand for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The winner will be announced during a live televised special on ESPN beginning at 5:00 p.m. PT. Luck, who was named the Pac-12's Offensive Player of the Year for a second straight season, has completed 261 of 373 passes (70.0) for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns this season. He leads the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (167.5) and under his guidance the Cardinal is averaging 43.6 points a game, which ranks fifth nationally, and 480.9 yards a game in total offense. He has quarterbacked Stanford to a 23-2 record dating back to last season, as the Cardinal has spent a school-record 22 weeks ranked in the Top 10 of the Associated Press poll. - Stanford football

11/26/2011 - Andrew Luck set the school record for the most career touchdown passes and eclipsed his own single-season mark, throwing for 233 yards and four scores to lead fourth-ranked Stanford past No. 22 Notre Dame 28-14 in his home finale Saturday night. Luck topped John Elway's record of 77 touchdown passes and helped the Cardinal (11-1) build a 21-0 halftime lead. He has thrown for 80 touchdowns in three years and 35 this season. Tommy Rees threw an interception, lost a fumble and took a bruising blow to the ribs for Notre Dame (8-4) before getting benched. Andrew Hendrix threw for 192 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score in a second-half rally for the Fighting Irish that came up short. - AP Sports

11/05/2011 - Fourth-ranked Stanford was wary of Oregon State, and a slow start against the Beavers on Saturday gave the Cardinal even more reason for concern. After a thrilling triple-overtime victory against USC and the big Pac-12 North contest looming against No. 6 Oregon next weekend, the lowly Beavers mounted a threat when they closed to within 17-13 in the third quarter. But then Stanford did what Stanford does, pulling away for a 38-13 victory on Saturday. "I think we have a mature football team," Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck said. "We understood it could be a trap game sandwiched between two great teams but I think our football team is mature enough to understand that if we don't win this game the rest of the games don't matter." Luck shook off the rain and the chill to throw for 206 yards and three touchdowns in the victory. But it came at a price for Stanford, who lost senior receiver Chris Owusu to a concussion in the second quarter after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Beavers cornerback Jordan Poyer. Owusu was taken from the field by ambulance. Stanford (9-0, 7-0 Pac-12) extended the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games. The Cardinal have not opened 9-0 since 1952. - AP Sports

10/30/2011 - Stepfan Taylor ran for the tying touchdown with 38 seconds left in regulation and the go-ahead score in the third overtime, and Stanford's defense preserved its 16-game winning streak by forcing Curtis McNeal's fumble into the end zone to finish a 56-48 victory over No. 20 Southern California on Saturday night. Andrew Luck burnished his Heisman Trophy credentials by engineering four late scoring drives for No. 4 Stanford (8-0, 6-0 Pac-12), though he nearly cost the Cardinal the game by throwing a crucial interception late in the fourth quarter. "I was very disappointed in myself," Luck said. "For a couple of seconds, I wanted to go dig a hole and bury myself in it, but guys believed in me. I was so happy to still see time on the game clock. It was another chance to get out there." Four years after Stanford stunned USC (6-2, 3-2) with a one-point victory as a 41-point underdog, the schools played another classic on a cool Coliseum night - and once again, the Cardinal ruled. Both teams scored in the first two overtimes. After Taylor's run in the third OT, Coby Fleener caught the 2-point conversion pass. USC quickly got to first-and-goal at the 4, but Terrence Stephens forced the ball from McNeal. It squirted into the end zone and A.J. Tarpley jumped on it. After a lengthy Stanford celebration, Luck was among the last players to leave the Coliseum field, sprinting to the locker room while thrusting his arms triumphantly in the air. - AP Sports

10/30/2011 - Stanford's first win of the season against a ranked team helped Andrew Luck and the Cardinal move up in the BCS standings. While LSU (8-0), Alabama (8-0) and Oklahoma State (8-0) remained locked into the top three spots in the standings released Sunday, Stanford moved up two places to fourth after beating Southern California 56-48 in triple overtime. Boise State (7-0) slipped a spot to fifth, while Clemson (7-1) fell from fifth to 11th after its first loss. LSU and Alabama will play Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for first place and the inside track to the BCS national championship game. Oklahoma State seems to be in position to win out and reach the title game in New Orleans on Jan. 9. The computer ratings have the Cowboys No. 1. The BCS standings use the Harris poll, the coaches' poll and computer ratings to determine which teams play for the national championship. LSU is No. 1 in both polls and Alabama is No. 2 in each. The Tigers and Crimson Tide are tied for the second-best computer rating. Oklahoma State is No. 3 in the Harris poll and No. 4 in the coaches' poll, and Stanford is No. 4 and No. 3. But the difference between the Cowboys (.9310 BCS average) and the Cardinal (.8615) is the computer ratings. Stanford is sixth in the computers because of a weak early season schedule. The Cardinal should be getting a boost from here on out. - AP Sports

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford QB Andrew Luck, a junior from Houston, Texas, threw for four touchdowns, all in the second half, in Stanford's 44-14 win over Washington State. The Cardinal led, 10-7, at halftime in a close game before Luck aired it out in the second half, completing 13-of-20 passes for 247 yards. He finished the day 23-of-36 for 336 yards. It marked the 11th time in his career that Luck threw for three or more touchdowns in a game. Stanford notched its school-record 14th consecutive victory and extended the nation's longest winning streak. Also Nominated (Offense): Keenan Allen, WR, CAL; Kenjon Barner, RB, ORE; Curtis McNeal, TB, USC; John White IV, UTAH; Keith Price, QB, WASH. - Pac-12 football

10/15/2011 - Andrew Luck threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to Levine Toilolo as No. 7 Stanford beat Washington State 44-14 Saturday to extend the nation's longest winning streak to a school record 14 consecutive games. Stanford (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) struggled against the Cougars defense before blowing the game open in the second half. Luck, among the leading Heisman Trophy candidates, finished with four touchdown passes, all in the second half. Washington State (3-3, 1-2) hoped to get a boost from the return of quarterback Jeff Tuel. But they had little success against a Stanford defense that is allowing just 10 points per game. Luck completed 23 of 36 passes for 336 yards with one interception. Tuel, who fractured his collarbone on his first series of the season, finally was cleared to play and started the game in place of reserve Marshall Lobbestael. He completed 17 of 30 passes for 145 yards. The Cougars generated just 257 yards of total offense in the game, to 475 for Stanford. - AP Sports

10/08/2011 - Andrew Luck brought out Stanford's stars and delivered his best passing performance of the season. Luck threw for a season-high 370 yards and three touchdowns to pad his Heisman Trophy resume, and the seventh-ranked Cardinal stayed perfect with a 48-7 victory over Pac-12 newcomer Colorado on Saturday night. With former Stanford standouts Tiger Woods and John Elway joining the crush of NFL scouts on the sidelines, Luck completed 26 of 33 passes to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 13 games. The latest romp delighted a rare sellout crowd of 50,360 that included some of the program's greats. "I don't think we noticed it," Luck said, chuckling that he missed some of his favorite athletes. "It's awesome to hear that." Luck was the star attraction in this one. The strong-armed and fleet-footed quarterback called his own plays again for long stretches, although the no-huddle offense first displayed last week against UCLA was used sparingly. Only a 423-yard passing performance in a loss at Arizona in 2009 did Luck throw for more yards, and he didn't even play the final 10 minutes against Colorado. "Every game he does something," Stanford coach David Shaw said, "that not many human-beings can do." - AP Sports

10/02/2011 - Andrew Luck sprinted down the right sideline, reached out with his right hand and tiptoed the sideline with his left foot to complete an acrobatic one-handed catch before tumbling to the ground. Not exactly the Heisman Trophy pose. Maybe better. Luck threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and padded his Heisman resume with the spectacular one-handed catch, keeping sixth-ranked Stanford perfect with a 45-19 victory over UCLA on Saturday night. "There's about five positions the guy can play," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "We kind of like what he does at quarterback." Luck completed 23 of 27 passes and had the Cardinal (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) in cruise control to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 12 games. Shaw even allowed Luck to go up to the line of scrimmage in a hurry-up offense at one point and call his own plays. No script. No questions. Just Luck. "He called better plays than me," Shaw said. Stepfan Taylor ran for 112 yards and two scores and Coby Fleener caught two touchdown passes in front of a rare sellout crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium. Richard Brehaut threw for 202 yards and had two touchdown passes to Joseph Fauria for the Bruins (2-2, 1-1), who had a better showing than a 35-0 loss to Stanford at the Rose Bowl last season but still exposed the gap between the California schools. "We're going to look at film and kick ourselves on so many things we left out there against a very good defense," UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said. - AP Sports

09/21/2011 - After a fairly tame run lately, this year's race for the Heisman Trophy could be a wild one. That's certainly true if the first Scripps Howard Heisman Poll is any indicator. This first poll saw no less than six different players garner first-place votes with Stanford QB Andrew Luck atop the jumbled pile. Luck, a distant second to Auburn's Cam Newton in last year's final Heisman vote, garnered four of 10 first-place votes. In the Cardinal's 3-0 start, Luck has thrown for 786 yards, eight touchdowns, one interception with a touchdown run. A surprise second is Baylor QB Robert Griffin III who leads the nation passing efficiency. After finishing fourth in last year's Heisman, Boise State QB Kellen Moore is third followed by Oklahoma QB Landry Jones and South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore. Since its inception in 1987, the Scripps Poll (the longest running Heisman poll in the nation) has correctly picked the Heisman winner in its final poll 20 of 24 years, including Newton last year. - The Republic

09/18/2011 - Andrew Luck dinked and dunked passes, winged a few into impossibly tight spots. Stepfan Taylor churned out yards, more than he ever had. The big, powerful line seemed to get better and more bruising as the game wore on. Balanced and efficient, Stanford was a lot like Arizona would like to be -- heck, any team would like to be at this point. Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, Taylor ran for a career-high 153 yards and the sixth-ranked Cardinal pulled away for a 37-10 victory over Arizona on Saturday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. "Certainly, they know what they're doing," Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. "They manipulated us pretty good." Struggling to find the end zone in the first half, Stanford (3-0) wore Arizona down in the second. Luck picked the Wildcats apart on 20-of-31 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the third quarter and Levine Toilolo in the fourth. Stanford shut Arizona out in the second half and had a balanced 567 yards overall to win its 11th straight game, the Cardinal's longest run since taking 13 straight from 1939-41. - AP Sports

09/12/2011 - WEEK 2 STARS: Andrew Luck, Stanford, matched a career high with four TD passes and threw for 290 yards in the No. 6 Cardinal's 44-14 rout over Duke. - AP Sports

09/12/2011 - The Colts say vice chairman Bill Polian spent Saturday watching quarterback Andrew Luck lead Stanford to a win at Duke. His presence led to speculation that the Colts are already looking at next year's NFL draft after losing Peyton Manning, who is out while he recovers from neck surgery. Indianapolis opened the season with veteran Kerry Collins and was blown out by Houston, 34-7. There may have been other reasons Polian was on the road Saturday. His son, Brian, is Stanford's assistant special teams coordinator and the family's home is in Charlotte, N.C. The Colts have scouted top college quarterbacks before. They brought in Andrew Dalton and Colin Kaepernick for workouts this spring. Both were taken in the second round of the draft, before Manning had neck surgery in May. Bill Polian isn't making the Colts' day-to-day personnel decisions. Chris Polian, the Colts' general manager, took over those duties during the offseason. - AP Sports

09/10/2011 - Andrew Luck matched a career high by throwing four touchdown passes in No. 6 Stanford's 44-14 rout of Duke on Saturday. Luck was 20 of 28 for 290 yards with touchdown passes of 60 and 3 yards to Coby Fleener, 10 yards to Chris Owusu and 3 yards to Zach Ertz. Stanford (2-0) won its 10th straight game dating to last season and claimed a rare regular-season win on the East Coast while denying the Blue Devils (0-2) their first Top 25 win since 1994. Lee Butler returned an interception 76 yards for a touchdown to pull Duke to 10-7 late in the first half. Luck then led four straight touchdown drives to turn it into a rout before exiting one play into the fourth quarter. - AP Sports

09/09/2011 - Officially Stanford is playing Duke on. Sept. 10, but really the Cardinal is playing against itself. Even though this is Stanford's first road game, the Cardinal will be disappointed if it does not come out of Durham, N.C., with a convincing win over a Duke team that was picked to finish last in its division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and lost its opener at home to Richmond, a Football Championship Subdivision team. So the Cardinal will be competing against its own standard, one that Stanford established last season while going 12-1 and one that the Cardinal did not completely meet in its opener, despite its 57-3 victory over San Jose State. The defense need only duplicate its impressive showing in the opener, and Duke quarterback Sean Renfree is good enough to provide a bigger challenge for the Cardinal's pass defense than San Jose State's passing game did. It is on offense that the Cardinal needs to show progress. QB Andrew Luck had a rather pedestrian performance by his standards, and he would like to improve on his efficiency against a Duke defense that did a fairly good job of limiting Richmond and its quarterback, Aaron Corp, who started a game for USC two years ago. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Andrew Luck - Quite simply the best quarterback in the country, Luck wants to improve on his so-so-showing in the opener when he went 17 for 26 but had no pass plays of more than 17 yards. Luck needs five touchdown passes to tie Jim Plunkett for third on Stanford's career list. Luck had two touchdown throws in the opener, giving him 47 for his career. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - Andrew Luck grabbed the game ball in the locker room and finished off what his teammates had urged him to do all week. That is, make sure it ended up in the right hands. While seventh-ranked Stanford's season-opening 57-3 romp over San Jose State on Saturday was filled with highlights, there might not have been a more significant moment than Luck handing the ball off to new coach David Shaw in the locker room. It was a gesture that every Cardinal endorsed, and it was more than just a touching scene or a warm embrace. The keys to The Farm were officially passed. "As much as we wanted to win," Luck said. "We really just wanted to win for him, to start him off on the right foot." Hard to imagine a better first step. Stanford dominated in every phase - albeit against an opponent that was 1-12 last season - and, perhaps most importantly, had that familiar swagger former coach Jim Harbaugh created. Harbaugh is gone, departed down the road to the San Francisco 49ers, and there were questions about what Shaw would do in his wake. The final answer will come in the weeks, months and possibly years ahead. The initial showing, however, gave reasons to be optimistic. "Heck of a way to start," a smiling Willie Shaw said. Luck threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns and also had a diving 1-yard TD scramble in a little less than three quarters. The Heisman Trophy runner-up and favorite for this season's award was more animated directing the offense at the line scrimmage and, remarkably, seems to only be getting better. - AP Sports

09/04/2011 - The best part of Matt Faulkner's first start for San Jose State might be that it's over. After all, it's unlikely he'll face a tougher opponent all season. Faulkner threw for 184 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, showing poise in San Jose State's 57-3 loss to seventh-ranked Stanford on Saturday even though the offense couldn't reaching the end zone. "It was a game where the mistakes we made we can fix," said Faulkner, who finished 14 for 26 passing. "It's tough getting beat like that but you have to go out and fight every play. Faulkner transferred from Mount San Antonio College after leading his team to a 13-0 record and the California Community College Athletic Association championship in 2009. While the Spartans struggled against a far more talented Stanford team, for once, it had little to do with quarterback. That's a small but important step for a program that was 1-12 last season. Of course, against Andrew Luck, it didn't mean much. Luck threw two touchdowns and ran for another score. The Heisman Trophy runner-up to Auburn's Cam Newton last year completed 17 of 26 passes for 171 yards and looked every bit the player many believe will take home college football's most famous award. The standout quarterback summed up his performance in one word: average. Considering what he has done in his career, that would be exactly right. Stanford's right on pace. "I think a lot of (the scoring) was our defense and special teams putting us in a position where you can't mess up," said Luck, who presented Shaw the game ball with his teammates. "I definitely don't think we're satisfied on offense." - AP Sports

09/04/2011 - In Stanford, California, Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns and ran for another score to lead the Cardinal. The Heisman Trophy runner-up completed 17 of 26 passes for 171 yards and looked every bit the player many believe will take home college football's most famous award this season. He connected with seven different receivers and showed no signs of slipping under new coach David Shaw. Stepfan Taylor ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Owusu caught seven passes for 76 yards for the Cardinal, who pounced on their South Bay rival from the start. - AP Sports

09/03/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: San Jose State at Stanford, Sept. 3 - The biggest question is how many people will show up. Stanford has history of drawing small crowds, but two weeks before the opener, Stanford had sold 25,500 season tickets. In 2009, the Cardinal sold just 14,500 season tickets. Stanford should only need to avoid turnovers to win this game easily against a team that has a new quarterback (Matt Faulkner) and went 1-12 last season. KEYS TO THE GAME: If Stanford can avoid committing a bunch of turnovers, it should win rather handily. The Cardinal could settle the issue early if it can apply pressure to new San Jose State QB Matt Faulkner, which might result in some early turnovers and some early scores. The Cardinal's pass rush was one of its biggest assets last season, and demonstrating a strong pass rush against the Spartans should bury any hopes the Spartans may hold. The other key is to minimize Andrew Luck's work load. If he can be done for the day by the third quarter with his health intact, it will be a successful day. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Andrew Luck - Quite simply the best quarterback in the country, Luck may be the best pro prospect at the position in history. If anyone can handle the pressure of expectations, it's Luck. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck opted not to turn pro and returned for his junior season at Stanford. Coach Jim Harbaugh did leave, taking over as coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Luck's return has buoyed expectations for the seventh-ranked Cardinal, who host local rival San Jose State on Saturday in coach David Shaw's debut as Harbaugh's replacement. Considered a lock to be the top quarterback selected in the 2011 draft, Luck bypassed the NFL and decided to come back to The Farm. He set school records with 32 TD passes, a 70.7 completion percentage and a 170.2 passing efficiency rating last season to help Stanford go 12-1 and finish fourth in the final AP poll - the school's best ranking since the unbeaten 1940 team finished second. Luck sought out the advice of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning before making his decision. Manning surprised many when he chose to return to Tennessee for his senior season. "Every kid's got to make their own decision, but I do tell kids that if you want to stay ... it's OK to stay. I stayed," Manning said. "So I was proud of Andrew for making that decision." It has been pointed out to Luck that Manning failed to win a national title after returning and that Tim Tebow was unable to lead Florida to a second straight BCS crown after coming back. In addition, Sam Bradford came back to Oklahoma after winning the Heisman as a sophomore and endured a difficult season due to a shoulder injury. "Peyton said two things that really struck me. One was, 'Don't look back. Don't regret and don't worry about injuries. You'll get yourself in a world of trouble if you worry about injuries or wonder what could have been, or don't not go hard because you could get injured,'" Luck said. "The second was don't expect teams to lay down because you came back." - AP Sports

08/29/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Andrew Luck - When you have the best player in the country at the most important position on the field, it's obvious Luck is the team's most important player. Without Luck, the Cardinal would do well to stay out of last place. With him, Stanford could contend for the North Division title in the new Pac-12. He probably would have been the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft if he had turned pro after last season, and if he has anything close to the success he had last year, he will be an early first-round pick next spring. - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Andrew Luck, JR, Stanford, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. Luck, the runner-up for the Heisman last season, led the Cardinal to a No. 4 national ranking and 12-1 record following the team's victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. In just two seasons, the 2010 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year ranks seventh all-time in passing yardage (5,913), is tied for fourth in career touchdowns (45) (1974-77) and is fifth with 6,720 yards in total offense. He also ranks first all-time in career completion percentage at .644 (425-660) and passing efficiency rating (170.2). Stanford boasts a 20-5 record in his 25 career starts (he missed 2009 Sun Bowl with injury), including a 16-4 Pac-10 Conference ledger. - Stanford football

08/09/2011 - About the biggest change on the field during Stanford's first fall practice was the man delivering the message. New coach David Shaw isn't switching up much else. With Heisman Trophy favorite Andrew Luck back at quarterback, the Cardinal opened practice Monday with a glare of familiarity that was outshined only by the heightened expectations. "It's like Christmas," said Luck, with his recently shaved beard already growing some new scruff. "It's fun to get away from life and focus on football." This season will certainly be different on The Farm. The dozen reporters who gathered for the first practice - tame by major college football standards - were as much anybody could ever remember for the opener at the academics-first university, and the attention surrounding Luck already was at a fever pitch. That will be a theme all season for the Cardinal, and they welcome the challenges ahead in the post-Jim Harbaugh Era. One worry Shaw didn't have on Day 1 was at quarterback. Luck, the Heisman Trophy-runner up to Auburn's Cam Newton last year, returns after putting off being the NFL draft's likely No. 1 pick. Several starters also are back from a 12-1 team that finished fourth in the final AP poll, the school's best ranking since the unbeaten 1940 team finished second. The Cardinal will likely be a preseason Top 10 pick in the AP poll - they were No. 6 in the coaches' poll that came out last week - and are the heavy favorite to challenge Oregon in the North Division for a spot in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game. Doing so won't come easily. - AP Sports

08/03/2011 - Andrew Luck can grab the attention of a room these days without muttering a word. Sporting a buzz cut and a clean-shaven face, Stanford's standout quarterback created the biggest stir during Bay Area media day Monday just by showing up without his scruffy beard. "It was impulsive," he said. "I just woke up and decided to shave it." Oh, the landscape sure has changed in the region. With so much hoopla surrounding the Cardinal and their Heisman hopeful this season, rivals California and San Jose State find themselves working to crawl out of their neighbor's shadow. The extra expectations on Stanford are not only adding to the area's intrigue, they are giving players and coaches on the opposite side extra motivation to regain the spotlight. "It just leaves a bad taste in your mouth whenever you lose to them," Cal senior offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz said. "So you try not to focus too much on them, you try to focus on yourself. But it's in the back of your mind a little. You know what's happening." What's happening is a Cardinal takeover. Luck, the Heisman Trophy-runner up to Auburn's Cam Newton last year, returns after putting off being the NFL draft's likely No. 1 pick. Several starters are also back from a 12-1 team that finished fourth in the final AP poll, the school's best ranking since the unbeaten 1940 team finished second. Stanford also could be a preseason Top 10 pick and the heavy favorite to challenge Oregon in the North Division for a spot in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game. The major concern for the Cardinal is the coaching turnover. New coach and former offensive coordinator David Shaw takes over for Jim Harbaugh, who took some of his staff with him to the San Francisco 49ers, leaving Shaw with the burden of making sure Stanford doesn't slip. "Last year was great, but every team every year has to build its own momentum," Shaw said. - AP Sports

07/28/2011 - David Shaw is confident he can keep the Stanford Cardinal right where Jim Harbaugh left them - with plenty of help from the quarterback left behind by the San Francisco 49ers' new coach. Shaw realizes the Cardinal face a major struggle to match last season's 12-1 team, which won the Orange Bowl in the Cardinal's first postseason victory in 14 years. Shaw has changed almost nothing about Stanford's offense, leaving it in the capable hands of Andrew Luck, the Heisman Trophy runner-up. "The focal point of every team is the quarterback, and having a quarterback that we know and that we trust and that will work his butt off," Shaw said. "We've got him in place. That helps me a lot. Now we just concentrate on what goes on around him. I think it's been a big part of my transition." After declining the chance to be a high pick in last April's draft, Luck said he's approaching the season as his last college football campaign, although he still would have another year of eligibility at Stanford. Luck showed up to media day wearing a scruffy eight-week beard, saying he got bored during finals week on The Farm and stopped shaving. "I honestly haven't thought past tomorrow about what to do with it," Luck said. "I never had a beard. I'm hesitant to call it a beard. I don't think it's quite there yet. I don't know. I'd never done it before, so why not try?" - AP Sports

07/27/2011 - The 2012 NFL Draft could officially become the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes after the redshirt junior quarterback announced Tuesday he's unlikely to return to Palo Alto for his senior season. Luck said at Pac-12 Media Days that the 2011 season is very likely to be his last and that he's "approaching like such." Widely panned as the top prospect since the start of the 2010 season, would have a year of eligibility remaining (2012) but said he expects to graduate before the 2012 NFL Draft in April. He's the top-ranked player by NFLDraftScout.com, as he was entering last season. Sporting a ragged beard indicative of a laid-back collegian, Luck partially closed the door on his return for two more seasons on Tuesday. "It may have been the first time I said it, but I've always thought it," he said. The Heisman Trophy finalist declined to enter the 2011 NFL Draft to the surprise of many. He announced on January 6 that he'd return to Stanford to complete his degree even after head coach Jim Harbaugh left to coach the San Francisco 49ers. "I've been very happy," Luck said. "I haven't had any regrets." Luck finished second to Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton in balloting for the award last December. He said the lockout that curbed Newton's preseason learning curve with the Carolina Panthers was "a bummer." - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, Senior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. In just two seasons, the 2010 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year ranks seventh all-time in passing yardage (5,913), is tied for fourth in career touchdowns (45) (1974-77) and is fifth with 6,720 yards in total offense. He also ranks first all-time in career completion percentage at .644 (425-660) and passing efficiency rating (170.2). - Stanford football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Andrew Luck, Stanford, Pac-12, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. Luck, the runner-up for the Heisman last season, led the Cardinal to a No. 4 national ranking and 12-1 record following the team's victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. In just two seasons, the 2010 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year ranks seventh all-time in passing yardage (5,913), is tied for fourth in career touchdowns (45) (1974-77) and is fifth with 6,720 yards in total offense. He also ranks first all-time in career completion percentage at .644 (425-660) and passing efficiency rating (170.2). Stanford boasts a 20-5 record in his 25 career starts (he missed 2009 Sun Bowl with injury), including a 16-4 Pac-10 Conference ledger. - Stanford football

07/12/2011 - Andrew Luck still has no regrets. "I was happy with my decision," Luck said, reflecting on his announcement last winter that he would delay his NFL career and play one more season at Stanford. "I'm still happy." Luck has had several months to let the consequences of his choice sink in - to think about the millions of dollars he could have earned this year, to wonder whether he should have taken Stanford's head coaching change as a sign that he, too, should move on, and to consider whether the possibility of injury presented undue risks to his earning potential. Those questions still come up regularly from people Luck meets, and he smiles patiently before answering with a calm sense of certitude. "I'm obviously aware of it, but hopefully I can be successful, monetarily, playing football regardless," Luck said while working as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy in south Louisiana during the past weekend. "I don't think my lifestyle will require whatever amount of money, not to say that wouldn't be good to have. I think we all know that." This year was Luck's second-straight at the Manning camp, where he has gotten to know Peyton Manning, a prime example of a current pro who chose to stay in school over entering the NFL draft early, and who went on to an extraordinary career with the Indianapolis Colts. "Every kid's got to make their own decision, but I do tell kids that if you want to stay...it's OK to stay. I stayed," Manning said. "So I was proud of Andrew for making that decision. "It's great for college football," Manning continued. "It speaks a lot about his school, about his passion for college football. I hope he has a great year this year, stays healthy. When the time comes, he'll be an excellent NFL quarterback for a long time." - AP Sports

07/10/2011 - "I just wasn't ready to leave," said Luck, who has spent the weekend working at the Manning Passing Academy. "I wanted to get my degree, I have a special group of teammates I wanted to stay with, and football-wise, we have the chance to make this a very special season in the history of Stanford athletics. "So why not come back?" But what about the money - even if the expected NFL labor settlement will net him significantly less than $78 million, $50 million of it guaranteed, that 2010 top pick Sam Bradford received? "Whatever it is, it'll be there," Luck said. "I really can't get my arms around what the difference is." Manning, whose own decision to stay for his senior season at Tennessee worked out for the best, said Luck shouldn't be second-guessed. "It's always OK to stay," he said. "Andrew's big, strong, good-looking, with a passion for the game and a passion for his school. "I expect him to be a great quarterback for the NFL for a long, long time." Barring catastrophe, Luck is the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft. NFL analysts say Luck's combination of size (6 feet 4, 235 pounds), mobility, arm strength, football savvy and just about every other intangible makes him the most NFL-ready quarterback since, well, Peyton Manning. "He's built like a linebacker but with tremendous movement for a big guy," said former coach and current NFL analyst Jon Gruden, who also was at the camp. "And he plays in a pro system with so many plays that the center has to wear a wristband, so they can write them all down. "But the thing I really like about Andrew is his work ethic. He's always looking for a way to get better - reading defenses, finding the receiver or taking care of the ball. His passion for the game blows me away." - Ted Lewis, The Times-Picayune

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Andrew Luck, Stanford, QB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Luck was named the Pac-10's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien National Quarterback, Maxwell Award for National Collegiate Player of the Year and Walter Camp Football Foundation National Player of the year honors. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind Auburn's Cam Newton and quarterbacked the Cardinal to a school-record 12 wins and a No. 4 ranking in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' Top 25 polls. Luck finished the season completing 263 of 372 passes for 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns. His 70.6 completion percentage set a Stanford and Pac-10 single-season record. - Stanford football

06/14/2011 - With the college football season just a few months away, the oddsmakers have turned their attention to the 2011 Heisman Trophy. And the early favorite to win this year's honor as college football's best player is no surprise: Stanford's Andrew Luck. Luck, who finished second in voting as a redshirt sophomore to Auburn's Cam Newton for last year's Heisman Trophy, is listed by Bodog as a 9:2 favorite to take home the hardward this season. Luck, who spurned the NFL for another season at Stanford after beating Virgnia Tech to win the Orange Bowl in January, threw for over 3,000 yards and tossed 28 TDs in last year's regular season. Behind Luck, Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is the next favorite, listed by Bodog as a 13:2 favorite. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (7:1), Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (15:2) and Oregon running back LaMichael James (15:2) round out the top five favorites. - Tim Gardner, USA TODAY

06/04/2011 - BUILDING BLOCKS: Fourth-year junior QB Andrew Luck decided to return to Stanford rather than be the likely No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, so the Cardinal will have the best quarterback in the country at its disposal. He probably will be the preseason favorite for the Heisman Trophy, and if there is anyone who can weather the hype, it's Luck. He is the centerpiece of an offense that will include TB Stepfan Taylor, who rushed for 1,137 yards last season, but is one of four or five running backs who figure to get playing time. - The Sports Xchange

06/04/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: QB Andrew Luck - As a third-year sophomore, Luck was the Heisman Trophy runner-up, and he figures to be in contention for the award again in 2011. He does everything a quarterback is supposed to do. He can throw with accuracy and touch, read defenses, run when needed and seldom makes a poor decision. He may not get quite the pass protection in 2011 that he got in 2010, though. - The Sports Xchange

06/04/2011 - STARS OF 2011: QB Andrew Luck - Last season's Heisman Trophy runnerup completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 32 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2010, plus he was the team's No. 2 rusher with 453 yards. Perhaps most important, he started all 13 games and didn't miss any time because of injury, a rarity in the Pac-10, now the Pac-12. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/30/2012 - Coach Chuck Pagano on drafting Luck: "I feel like the luckiest man in the world right now. You know, it's obviously a great time, an exciting time. We've got our man in the fold. We feel like, most everybody felt like it was a foregone conclusion months ago, but I tip my hat to (general manager) Ryan (Grigson) and Tommy Telesco and the rest of the scouting staff. You can't imagine the hours, the man hours that went into this process. Not only evaluating the quarterbacks and Andrew and going through that whole process, but everything else in this draft. They did a fantastic job and what we found out in the end was again what everybody thought was a foregone conclusion. We did get the very best football player, the very best quarterback in this year's draft. We feel great about Andrew being in the fold." - The Sports Xchange

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