With Jake Locker struggling, Andrew Luck has a chance to surpass him as the top rated quarterback prospect. Luck, a redshirt junior, has led Stanford to a 4-0 start to the season and the #9 spot in the AP top 25. He has done so in impressive fashion, going 64 for 102 (62.7%) for 912 yards and 11 TD’s, while throwing only two interceptions. This is an improvement on his impressive freshmen year in which he threw for 2575 yards and 13 TD’s with only 4 INT. However last year, with so much attention on Toby Gerhart and the running game, Luck’s ability to carry the load was unknown. Those questions have obviously been answered and more. Luck is on pace for over thirty touchdowns and a collegiate passer rating of almost 170.
Luck has prototypical NFL size at 6-4, 235 and an arm capable of making all the NFL throws. He has also displayed ample athleticism and mobility rushing for 163 yards in only 17 attempts (9.6 YPC) this year on top of 354 yards last year. This is an even more impressive number due to the fact that in college, sacks are deducted from a QB’s rushing yardage.
Right now Luck is poised to take over the top QB ranking from Jake Locker, if he declares, but it remains to be seen how he will fare against tougher competition. Those concerns will be addressed in the next two weeks when Stanford travels to high-powered Oregon and then returns home to play the always tough Trojans of USC. If Luck can lead the Cardinal to two wins in the next two weeks, he will further cement his claim for the #1 QB spot.
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