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Andrew Luck to return to Stanford for 2011 season

Posted on: January 6, 2011 2:56 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Sophomore Stanford quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy runner-up Andrew Luck announced today that he would be returning to school for the 2011 season.

"I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012," said Luck in a statement released by the university today.

The news comes as a shock to those who assumed Luck would be the top pick in the NFL Draft; certainly, it appears the Carolina Panthers would have snatched the quarterback in a heartbeat. That pick will probably be used on Da'Quan Bowers instead, as the Clemson junior declared for the draft just yesterday .

Also, this move by Luck might actually make sense; one of the biggest determinants for NFL success by quarterbacks is the number of starts made in college, and Luck only has two seasons' worth under his belt thus far. He may look sensational on the college level, but so did two-year starter and No. 1 overall draft pick David Carr nine years ago.

Now, the only remaining question is whether head coach Jim Harbaugh will also eschew a large payday for another year by returning to Stanford for another year. That probably won't happen, as it's been reported that Harbaugh is "very unlikely" to return to Stanford and is reportedly receiving giant offers from NFL teams.


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Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:49 am
 

Andrew Luck to return to Stanford for 2011 season

err "Carolina in 2012" should be "Carolina in 2011"



Since: May 16, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 11:45 am
 

Andrew Luck to return to Stanford for 2011 season

Starts in college? There are Carrs and Harringtons, Sanchezes and Rosenfels. Bottom line here, if Carolina is willing to sign him before the lockout even begins, he has a chance to subvert any of the bargaining that will be focusing primarily on top 10 draft pick contracts. If he avoids injury and all of that stuff, and manages not to have to go through growing pains with a new college coach that might knock his stock down 5 to 10 slots, he could go as the #1 in 2012 and end up slotted for $25 mil over five years instead of say a $50mil bonus on a $90mil 6 year deal that he'd probably get from Carolina in 2012. With $90 million, I think he could hire the world's top professors to be his tutors and challenge whatever classes he can't take during the shrinking offseason.


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