January 6, 2011

Luck Returns

More articles by »
By The Daily Axe Staff
Andrew Luck
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Andrew Luck #12 of th...
(Image by Getty Images via @daylife)

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the engine behind Stanford’s juggernaut offensive attack this season, has decided to return to the Farm for the 2011 football season. Luck, who could have been the first overall selection in April’s 2011 NFL Draft, said today that he intends to finish his bachelor’s degree at Stanford, which he should complete by June 2012.

Luck’s return makes it slightly more likely that coach Jim Harbaugh will return, especially considering the reported distaste that Harbaugh has expressed toward the 49ers and the University of Michigan, his alma mater. Still, with the Miami Dolphins’ outrageous offer (somewhere between $7 million and $8 million per year, which would make him the highest paid coach in the NFL) Luck will probably be playing for a new head coach next fall.

Nevertheless, Luck’s return will help Stanford secure a coach for next season, whether that coach is Jim Harbaugh or someone entirely different. With the best quarterback in the country and an almost certain preseason top 10 ranking in the polls, Stanford should figure as a highly desired job for head coaching candidates throughout the US.

Luck finished second in this year’s Heisman Trophy voting, and will enter next season as the run-away preseason favorite to win the 2011 Heisman. If he does so, he will be the second Heisman winner in Stanford history and the first since Jim Plunkett won the award in 1970.

Luck passed up millions of dollars (around $50 million over the length of his rookie contract) and incredible fame to play one more season in the cardinal and white. So, in the spirit of a primetime football player with character (we’re looking at you, Cam Newton) enjoy this video highlights tribute to Andrew Luck.

And, before that, let’s all revel in how wrong Gene Wojciechowski was.

Related Posts:

About the Author

The Daily Axe Staff
The Daily Axe is an independent Stanford sports website covering Cardinal athletics year-round. Find The Daily Axe on and on social media via the links below.


Justin Blackmon and Chase Thomas

Quick Reads: Stanford-Oklahoma State

After 60 minutes of football largely controlled by the Card, Stanford dropped a 41-38 overtime decision to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Without further ado, here are your final Quick Reads of the...
by Willys DeVoll

Fiesta Bowl

Special Fiesta Bowl Ticket Deal

An email from our friends at ticket resale analyst TiqIq points out a great opportunity for Stanford fans to get last-minute tickets for the Fiesta Bowl.
by The Daily Axe Staff

Brandon Weeden

Predicting Stanford-Oklahoma State: Fiesta Bowl Edition

Stanford's second consecutive BCS bowl likely won't be another 28-point blowout. Oklahoma State will give Stanford a much harder fight than Virginia Tech did last January, and OSU is arguably the best team on Stanford's 2011 sc...
by Willys DeVoll