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Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal rolls out to pass the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-31.

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Andrew Luck Measurables:

Position: Quarterback
School: Stanford
Year: Junior
Height: 6-4
Weight: 240
40-Yard Dash:

Personal:

Born in Washington, D.C., Andrew Luck is the son of West Virginia University Athletic Director Oliver Luck. The elder Luck is also the former general manager of two World League of American Football teams, so Andrew spent much of his early childhood in England and Germany. While in London, he attended The American School in London.

High School:

After returning to the United States, Andrew attended Stratford High School in Houston, Texas. He threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns and rushed for 2,085 yards during his high school career. Luck wasn't just a great athlete, however, as he earned co-valedictorian honors for his graduating class in 2008.

A highly-regarded recruit, Luck was pursued by numerous universities, but chose Stanford over the likes of Virginia, Purdue, Oklahoma State, and others.

College Career:

Luck sat out his first year at Stanford as a redshirt in 2008, but earned the starting quarterback job in 2009 over returning starter Tavita Pritchard. As a redshirt freshman, he threw for 2,575 yards and led the Pac 10 in pass efficiency rating with a 143.5. He also led the Cardinal to a berth in the 2009 Sun Bowl, but an injury that required surgery on a finger on his throwing hand kept him from playing in the contest.
In 2010, Luck emerged as one of the top players in all of college football. Leading Stanford to a 12-1 record, he threw for a Pac-10 leading 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also ran for 453 yards. He was named the Pac 10 Offensive Player of the Year and was unanimously selected to the All Pac 10 First Team.

Finishing the season with a No. 4 BCS ranking, Stanford earned a berth in the Orange Bowl. Luck led the Cardinal to an easy 40-12 victory with four touchdown passes and was named the game MVP for his effort

Luck's 32 touchdown passes in 2010 set a new Stanford record, breaking the old record of 27 held by John Elway and Steve Stenstrom. He also set school records for total offense (3,791 yards), completion percentage (70.7%), pass efficiency rating (170.2), and rushing yards by a quarterback.

Despite being considered by many to be one of the top prospects in the country, and projected to be a top draft prospect following his sophomore season, Luck elected to return to Stanford for another season.

Strengths:

There may not have been a more complete prospect coming out of college football over the last decade than Andrew Luck. He has all the physical tools, the mental makeup, and all the intangibles teams look for in a franchise quarterback. At 6-4 and 240 pounds, he has prototypical size. He possesses sound mechanics, has a strong arm, and can make all the throws with zip on the ball. He is intelligent and decisive in his reads and displays a very quick release. He also has great touch on screens and other passes that require finesse.

On top of all that, he's a tough guy who plays with great passion and competitive spirit, yet remains poised at all times. He has decent mobility in and out of the pocket. And he has an incredible work ethic to go along with solid character.

In short, he's the total package you look for at quarterback.

Weaknesses:

It's really tough to find any holes in Luck's game. Any criticism I have seen regarding Luck is nit-picking at best. While no player making the jump to the pro level is a sure thing, at this point, he looks like the best QB prospect to enter the NFL since Peyton Manning.

Projection:
Barring a major injury, it would be a huge upset if Luck is not the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

College Highlights:

Davey O'Brien Award Finalist
Heisman Trophy Runner Up
Manning Award Finalist
Maxwell Award Finalist
Walter Camp Award Finalist
Orange Bowl MVP
Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year
First Team All Pac-10
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