Heisman Trophy Watch: Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck, who played at Stratford High School in Houston, has lead the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal to a 2-0 start to the season and is on the radar of Heisman voters, NFL coaches and college opponents
· Heisman Trophy candidate is on preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year and Davey O’Brien Award…also listed as preseason Player of the Year by Blue Ribbon and a first team All-American by Playboy…listed first among Rivals/Yahoo! Sports Top 100 college players.
· Was named the Pac-10’s Offensive Player of the Year last season and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
· Stanford has posted a 22-5 (.814) record in his 27 career starts (missed 2009 Sun Bowl)…boasts the highest winning percentage of any quarterback in school history…career winning percentage also ranks second among active FBS quarterbacks behind Boise State’s Kellen Moore (.951; 39-2)…win total ranks tied for fourth among active FBS signal callers.
· Has thrown 51 career TD passes and now trails only John Elway (77), Steve Stenstrom (72) and Jim Plunkett (52) on Stanford’s all-time career list.
· He has thrown for 6,374 yards in 27 career games, good for sixth all-time…needs 190 to move into fifth place with Todd Husak (6,564; 1996-99).
· His .647 (462-714) career completion percentage and 159.62 career passing rating rank first on Stanford’s all-time career charts.
· Ranks in the top-10 among active quarterbacks in various statistical categories, including passing efficiency (2nd; 159.62), passing touchdowns (7th; 51), total offense per game (7th; 266.4), completion percentage (9th; 64.71), passing yards (10th; 6,374), total offense (10th; 7,192) and TDs responsible for (10th; 57).
· Dual threat quarterback has rushed for 818 career yards on 121 carries (6.8 avg.) with six rushing touchdowns…his career rushing total ranks first all-time among Stanford quarterbacks…finished as Stanford’s second leading rusher a year ago with 453 yards on 55 attempts and three TDs…has three career runs over 50 yards (58 at Cal; 52 TD vs. Wake Forest; 51 TD at Washington).
· Completed 20 of 28 passes for 290 yards and tied a career high with four touchdown passes in a 44-14 victory at Duke…marked the fifth time in his career he threw for four TDs in a game…also marked his third, four TD performance in last four games dating back to last season.
· Opened the season with by completing 17 of 26 passes for 171 yards and two TDs against San Jose State…also scored Stanford’s first touchdown of the season on a one yard run with 0:57 left in the first quarter…connected with Zach Ertz on a 13 yard TD pass at the 14:55 mark of the second quarter following a Spartan turnover…two-yard TD pass to Ryan Hewitt gave Stanford a 27-0 lead at the 2:25 mark of the second quarter.
· Was named the 2010 Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and was also runner-up for the Heisman Trophy after 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…quarterbacked the Cardinal to a school-record 12 wins and a No. 4 ranking in the final AP and USA Today Coaches polls last season
· Also set a Stanford single-season record for TDs with 32, breaking the previous mark of 27 held by John Elway (11980) and Steve Stenstrom (1993).
· Final passing total of 3,338 yards ranked second on Stanford’s all-time single-season charts behind Stenstrom, who threw for 3,627 yards in 1993…currently ranks seventh on school passing charts with 5,913 yards.
· Led all Pac-10 QBs and ranked third nationally in passing efficiency rating of 170.16, which established a new single-season school record…his career 158.2 passing rating ranks first on Stanford’s all-time list.
· Accounted for a school-record and conference high 3,791 yards in total offense.
· Dual threat quarterback finished second on the squad in rushing with 453 yards on 55 carries (8.2) and three TDs…rushing total was the highest single-season mark by a Stanford quarterback.
· Majoring in architectural design.
2011 Season To Date
Has completed 37 of 54 passes (68.5) for 461 yards and six touchdowns to lead Stanford to wins over San Jose State and Duke. Has utilized 10 receivers in each of the first two games. Stanford is ranked No. 6 in this week’s AP poll and has been ranked in AP’s Top 10 for the last nine weeks dating back to last season, the program’s longest continuous run as a Top 10 team in school history.
Completed 20 of 28 passes for 290 yards and four TDs in Stanford’s 44-14 victory at Duke…the victory was Stanford’s 10th in a row dating back to last season, which marks the longest winning streak since 1939-41…tied a career high (fifth time) with four touchdown passes…connected twice with tight end Coby Fleener, including a 60-yard TD strike at the 6:41 mark of the third quarter…other TD passes went to Zach Ertz and Chris Owusu…now has 51 career TD passes, which rank fourth on Stanford’s all-time career list…needs one more to tie 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett for third…for the second straight game, utilized 10 receivers…Stanford improved to 22-5 in Luck’s 27 career starts…his .815 career winning percentage ranks first all-time at Stanford and also ranks second among active FBS quarterbacks.
Watch Andrew’s highlights from the Duke game here…
San Jose State
Opened the season by completing 17 of 26 passes for 171 yards and two TDs in Stanford’s 57-3 victory over San Jose State…also scored Stanford’s first touchdown of the season on a one yard run with 0:57 left in the first quarter…connected with Zach Ertz on a 13 yard TD pass at the 14:55 mark of the second quarter following a Spartan turnover…two-yard TD pass to Ryan Hewitt game Stanford a 27-0 lead at the 2:25 mark of the second quarter…with two touchdown passes last Saturday, he ran his career total to 47, moving past Guy Benjamin into fourth place on Stanford’s career charts.
The sixth-ranked Cardinal open Pac-12 Conference play against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN beginning at 7:45 PT.
What They Are Saying About Andrew
“He’s really mastering not just his job, but everybody else’s job.” Stanford head coach David Shaw
“As I told our young quarterback the day he announced that he came to Stanford to get an education, I am the proudest university president in the country. Andrew Luck is very much the quintessential Stanford student. He is bright, accomplished and interested in many things.” Stanford University President John Hennessy
Charting Andrew Luck
Stanford’s All-Time Winningest Quarterbacks
Steve Stenstrom (1991-94) – 24
Jim Plunkett (1968-70) – 22
Andrew Luck (2009-Present) – 22
Best Winning Percentage by a Stanford Starting Quarterback
Andrew Luck (2009-Present) — .818 (22-5)
Don Bunce (1968-71) — .750 (9-3)
Jim Plunkett (1968-70) — .719 (22-8-2)
Passing Yardage, Career
10,531…… Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94
9349 John Elway, 1979-82
7669 John Paye, 1983-86
7544 Jim Plunkett, 1968-70
6564 Todd Husak, 1996-99
6374 Andrew Luck, 2009-Present
5946 Guy Benjamin, 1974-77
5429 Trent Edwards, 2003-06
4954 Jason Palumbis, 1988-91
4346 Chris Lewis, 2000-03
Touchdown Passes, Career
77 John Elway, 1979-82
72 Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94
52 Jim Plunkett, 1968-70
51 Andrew Luck, 2009-Present
45 Guy Benjamin, 1974-77
Completion Percentage, Career
.647 Andrew Luck, 2009-Present
.633 Steve Dils, 1977-78
.631 Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94
.624 Jason Palumbis, 1988-91
.621 John Elway, 1979-82
Passing Efficiency, Career
159.6 Andrew Luck, 2009-Present
142.7 Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94
139.3 John Elway, 1979-82
137.5 Steve Dils, 1977-78
135.0 Randy Fasani, 1999-01
Total Offense, Career
9825 Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94
9070 John Elway, 1979-82
7887 Jim Plunkett, 1968-70
7538 John Paye, 1983-86
7192 Andrew Luck, 2009-Present
6428 Todd Husak, 1996-99
5765 Guy Benjamin, 1975-77
5628 Trent Edwards, 2003-06
4701 Jason Palumbis, 1988-91
Touchdown Passes, Single-Season
32 Andrew Luck, 2010
27 John Elway, 1980
27 Steve Stenstron, 1993
24 John Elway, 1982
22 Steve Dils, 1978
20 Jim Plunkett, 1969
20 John Elway, 1981
19 Turk Schonert, 1979
19 Mark Butterfield, 1995
Most Wins, Starting Quarterback
24 Steve Stenstrom, 1991-94
22 Jim Plunkett, 1968-70
22 Andrew Luck, 2009-Present
Best Career Winning Pct., Starting Quarterback
.815 Andrew Luck (22-5), 2009-Present
.750 Don Bunce (9-3), 1968-71
.719 Jim Plunkett (22-8-2), 1968-70
.692 Steve Dils (9-4), 1977-78
.688 Randy Fasani (11-5), 1998-2001
Top Passing Games, Career
423 at Arizona, 2009
341 at Oregon, 2010
316 Sacramento State, 2010
293 Arizona, 2010