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Luck says he's "absolutely" ready for the NFL

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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.

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