Scouting Reports – 2012

Quinton Coples scouting report

Quinton Coples DE North Carolina #90
Ht: 6’6″Wt: 272
Strengths:
A physical specimen. Nice combination of size and athleticism. Has all the physical tools necessary to be an elite player at the next level. Displays flashes of dominance. Has the strength and quickness that most collegiate offensive linemen can’t compete with. Quick off the snap. Has experience at tackle and end (primarily played inside in 2010, shifted outside in 2011). Some experience lining up at end in 3-4 sets. Strong lower body; has a decent bull rush. Reliable wrap-up tackler; has long arms to secure the ball carrier.
Weaknesses:
Terribly inconsistent; coming off a very disappointing and up-and-down senior year. Didn’t appear to play with the same motor in 2011 as he did as a junior in 2010. Raw athleticism doesn’t translate to the field; won’t be an elite Julius Peppers-type pass rusher at the next level as some expected from him entering senior year. Doesn’t have a wide array of pass rush moves; relies primarily on outside speed or a bull rush. Needs to play with better leverage; height works to his disadvantage at times. Academic issues in high school; forced to attend Hargrave Military Academy before enrolling at North Carolina. Investigated for potential NCAA violations in spring of 2011 but no penalties were issued.
Comments:
Coples’ ceiling is as high as just about anyone in this draft class, but I’m always wary of elite physical specimens who have a disappointing final season in college – it is often an indication of a lack of effort and desire to be great. Coples had his fair share of big plays as a senior, but too often was taken out of games by inferior offensive linemen (most notably vs Miami left tackle Brandon Washington). At times he reminds me Ray Edwards – limited pass rush, but solid three-down lineman – but Coples has a huge bust factor. He may be a top-10 talent, but isn’t worth the risk. He’s a much safer bet in the late 1st or even 2nd round.
Videos:
2011 vs Clemson
2011 vs Miami
2010 vs Tennessee (bowl game)
2010 vs Virginia Tech 
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Zach Brown scouting report

Zach Brown LB North Carolina
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 235
 
Strengths:
Elite athleticism. Rare speed for the linebacker position; also runs on track team. Very fluid dropping back in coverage. Plenty of experience in zone coverage; often plays four to five yards off the line of scrimmage and drops into coverage, essentially acting as an extra safety. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and reading the quarterback. Experience lining up at inside and outside linebacker. Fairly reliable tackler. Has the speed to cause problems as a pass rusher off the edge.
Weaknesses:
Undersized; lacks ideal height and bulk. Struggles to shed blocks once he’s engaged with an offensive lineman; lacks the strength to battle at the line of scrimmage. Lacks the instincts of your typical NFL inside linebacker; easily frozen on play fakes and misdirection plays. Stats are misleading; always around the football due to his speed, but not always the first one there due to his poor instincts.
Comments:
Brown has the raw athleticism to be a starter at the next level but is far from a polished product. His speed makes him stand out, and Carolina defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Art Kaufman does an excellent job putting him position to make plays, but Brown does very little to create big plays on his own. His 2011 film vs Clemson provides a great example of his misleading statistics – Brown records two sacks in the game but is completely untouched by the Clemson offensive line on both plays. In each case it was a result of a missed assignment by Clemson, due more to inept offensive line play and great play calling by the Carolina defensive coaches than due to Brown’s ability. Teams should be cautious of falling in love with Brown’s 1st-round potential, when his performance is more of a 3rd or 4th round caliber player.
Videos:
2011 vs Clemson 
2010 vs Tennessee (bowl game)
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Justin Blackmon scouting report

Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
Ht: 6’1″

Wt: 211

 
Strengths:
Good overall size. Elite strength. A physical receiver who can easily fight through press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Big, strong hands. Shows the ability make the tough catch in the traffic. Efficient route runner; makes quick, clean cuts to gain separation. A tough runner after the catch; willing to take a hit and drag defenders with him. Has a reputation for being a hard worker off the field.
Weaknesses:
Effort and focus appears to be lacking at times; he’ll make the tough catches but then drop an easy one. Arrested and suspended for one game for a DUI charge in 2010. Speed is adequate, but lacks the burst to be consistent deep threat.
Comments:
Blackmon’s biggest obstacle will be convincing teams that his character concerns – both off-field incidents and on-field lack of focus – will not effect his performance at the next level. He has a similar skill set to former teammate Dez Bryant, and his effectiveness in the same offensive scheme is reason to believe he can take his game to the next level. In terms of his on-field transition to the next level, Blackmon will need to become more of a possession receiver. Oklahoma State’s spread offense opens up space for Blackmon which he will not be able to create at the next level. Don’t expect him to light up the NFL from day one, but given a year or two develop he should begin to show Pro Bowl caliber skills.
Videos:
2011 vs Arizona
2011 vs Texas A&M
2011 vs Kansas State
2010 vs Baylor 
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Luke Kuechly scouting report

Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 235

 
Strengths:
Good overall size and strength. Plenty of experience; starter since true freshman season. Intelligent on and off the field. Team leader on defense; will occasionally make pre-snap adjustments. Elite instincts and awareness. Looks comfortable dropping into zone coverage; does a nice job keeping his eyes in backfield and reading quarterback. Shows sideline-to-sideline playmaking ability. Not the fastest athlete, but makes up for it with impressive anticipation and by taking great angles. Very reliable, fundamental tackler.
Weaknesses:
Lacks fluid athleticism to excel in man coverage. Will struggle against most pass-catching tight ends and running backs at the next level. Strength is decent, but not enough to pose a threat as a pass rusher up the middle; if an interior lineman gets his hands on him, he struggles to disengage.
Comments:
Kuechly is a James Laurinaitis clone. Nothing about his measurables make him look like an elite NFL talent, but he more than makes up for it in preparation and instincts. He is as polished as a 20-year-old college linebacker can be and should have no issues immediately stepping into a starting lineup.
Videos:
2011 vs UCF
2011 vs Florida State
2010 vs Nevada (bowl game)
2010 vs Notre Dame
2010 vs Clemson 
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Manti Te’o scouting report

Manti Te’o ILB Notre Dame #4
Ht: 6’2″
Wt: 255
 
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Excels against the run. Reliable tackler; a hard hitter but also has great fundamentals and rarely misses an open-field tackle. Does a decent job shedding blocks to get into the backfield. Adequate speed; shows sideline-to-sideline ability. Exceptional vision; keeps eyes in the backfield and does an excellent job reacting to the ball carrier and putting himself in position to make plays. A team leader on the field.
Weaknesses:
Marginal coverage ability. Limited experience in man coverage and may lack the fluid athleticism to match up with some of the NFL’s elite pass-catching tight ends and running backs. Doesn’t have speed to stick with tight ends on deep routes; needs to be supported by a safety when asked to drop into coverage.
Comments:
Te’o is a polished run defender who has the skills to play inside or outside at the next level. He may actually be best suited to shift to strong-side linebacker in a scheme which requires more pass rushing and less dropping into coverage. His upside is limited somewhat due to average athleticism, but his fundamentals and on-field awareness have already developed to the point where he is one of the safest bets in this year’s draft class.

 

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Jonathan Martin scouting report

Jonathan Martin OT Stanford #55
Ht: 6’6″

Wt: 304

Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength. Strong lower body gives him a good anchor against the bull rush. Physical run blocker. Does a great job staying low and using leverage to drive defenders back. Shows good awareness on the field; does a nice job recognizing and reacting to blitzes. Rarely misses a block due to being out of position. A team leader; well respected by teammates and coaches. Durable player with no significant injuries.
Weaknesses:
Athleticism is average at best. Footwork is slow in pass protection; susceptiable to the speed rush off the edge. Will struggle with elite pass rushers at the next level. May lack the ability to play left tackle in the pros.
Comments:
Martin reminds me of a smaller version of Jeff Otah or Phil Loadholt. He has the fundamentals and the strength to win any battle once he’s engaged with the defender, but elite speed rushers will be able to consistently blow past him in one-on-one matchups. I question his ability to play left tackle in the pros, especially right away, but on the right side or at guard he could be an elite lineman. He already has NFL-caliber run blocking skills, and if projected strictly as a guard, would still be a 1st-round talent.
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Matt Kalil scouting report

Matt Kalil OT USC
Ht: 6’7″

Wt: 295

Strengths:
Prototypical height. Good overall strength; has a sturdy base to go with a strong upper body. Decent athleticism; looks good pulling to the edge and blocking downfield. Great fundamentals. Quick feet in pass protection; gets into position quickly and holds his ground. Powerful, tough run blocker. NFL bloodlines; brother Ryan is offensive lineman for Panthers, father played in USFL.
Weaknesses:
Rarely finishes off his blocks in pass protection; has the ability to keep pass rushers at bay, but lacks the strength to finish them off. Athleticism is decent, but isn’t in the same class as some of the elite left tackles in the game.
Comments:
The only knock against Kalil is that he lacks elite measurables, but he is one of the top prospects in this draft class and should be starting left tackle for the next 10-12 years. He likely won’t stand out in offseason workouts, but his film speaks for itself. His fundamentals are exceptional for a collegiate lineman and he should be able to make a smooth transition to the NFL.

 

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Morris Claiborne scouting report

Morris Claiborne CB LSU
Ht: 6’0″

Wt: 185

Strengths:
Elite athleticism. A big-time playmaker; does a great job putting himself in position to make plays. Above average hands for a defensive back; started his career at wide receiver. Played a ton of man coverage in 2011, with limited help over the top from safeties; trusted by coaches to never get beat deep. Does a great job turning his head and playing the ball rather than strictly mirroring his man. Adequate to above-average speed. Surprisingly physical for his size; isn’t shy about mixing it up at the line of scrimmage.
Weaknesses:
Lacks elite size; will struggle against taller, more physical receivers at the next level. Still learning the position; survives based off of his elite athleticism and instincts. Doesn’t offer much help against the run; looks very timid and often shies away from contact. Lacks the strength and technique to be a consistent tackler.
Comments:
Claiborne entered the 2010 season as a raw prospect, but was forced to learn quickly as teams avoided Patrick Peterson on the other side. He still isn’t a finished product, and won’t be as highly rated as Peterson was in the 2011 draft, but he does have the potential to be an elite player at the next level. He may take two or three years to fully develop, as he learns the nuances of the position and bulks up a little, but he could be a special player down the road.
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Trent Richardson scouting report

Trent Richardson RB Alabama #3
Ht: 5’11″Wt: 224
Strengths:
Prototypical size and strength for a workhorse running back. Exceptional vision; does a great job reacting to the defense and hitting holes with a burst. A powerful downhill runner; strong legs allow him to easily break arm tackles and push the pile when he’s wrapped up. Quick feet. Good lateral movement for a guy his size – he’s more than just a north/south runner. Solid receiver out of the backfield; shows soft hands and does a nice job of quickly securing the ball and turning to get downfield.
Weaknesses:
Only one full year carry the load; split carries with Mark Ingram for the first two years of his career. Speed is good but not great; lacks the burst to consistently be productive running outside the tackles. A willing blocker, but technique needs refinement. Running style invites a lot of hits, he’ll wear down quickly if asked to carry the ball 20+ times per game over a 16-game schedule.
Comments:
Richardson reminds me of Steven Jackson. He’s a big, physical runner with just enough speed and quickness to make guys miss. But what stands out most his is vision. He sees the whole field and quickly identifies his holes, hitting them with an impressive burst. He has all the skills necessary to be an elite NFL running back and should be a star from day one.
School Bio
Trent Richardson could contend for All-SEC and All-America honors in 2011 … has proven why he was one of the nation’s top running back prospects as a backup to Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram during his first two years on campus, but 2011 promises to be a breakout year for the junior from Pensacola … burst onto the scene with 751 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 145 carries in 2009 and followed that with 700 yards on 112 rushes in 2010 … possesses the power to break tackles and gain yards after contact and the speed to be a home run threat … a SEC All-Freshman selection by league coaches and Sporting News … won the Johnny Musso Offensive Back Award following 2010 spring practice and the Sylvester Croom Commitment to Excellence Award in 2011 along with the Dixie Howell Memorial Most Valuable Player of the A-Day Game Award.
2011
2010
Richardson started the first two games of the season at running back in place of an injured Mark Ingram … his performances made the loss of Ingram go almost unnoticed against San Jose State and Penn State … earned second-team All-SEC as both an all-purpose back and a return specialist … second on the team with 700 yards rushing with six rushing touchdowns … averaged a team high 6.2 yards per carry (minimum 75 carries) … had two 100-yard rushing games — 144 vs. Penn State and 119 at Tennessee … averaged 63.6 yards per game that ranked 89th nationally and 11th in the SEC … caught 23 passes for 266 yards and four touchdowns for an 11.6 yards per catch average …. led the team with 36 explosive plays of 15 yards or more (nine rushing, five receiving, 22 kickoff returns) … second on the team with 32 first down carries and had nine first-down receptions … averaged 26.42 yards on kickoff returns (24 for 634) to rank 29th nationally and fourth in the SEC … 21st nationally and second in the conference with 145.45 all-purpose yards per game (1,600 yards) … a seven-time player of the week by the Tide coaching staff with three offensive and four special teams awards … named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list, which goes to the nation’s most versatile player.San Jose State: Started his first career game and averaged 6.6 yards per carry, finishing with 66 yards on 10 carries … caught three passes for 46 yards … scored two rushing touchdowns. Penn State: Recorded the third 100-yard rushing game of his career … tallied a career-best 144 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown … caught four passes out of the backfield for 46 yards … finished with 207 all-purpose yards. Duke: Came off the bench to spell Ingram and finished with 61 yards on seven carries for 8.71 yards per carry … scored one rushing touchdown on a 45-yard sprint, virtually untouched, through the Blue Devil defense … also returned a second-quarter kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, the first Tide player to return a kickoff for a score since Tyrone Prothro in 2004 … finished with 184 all-purpose yards. Arkansas: His 227 all-purpose yards against the Razorbacks earned him recognition as one of the Paul Hornung Award’s Most Versatile Performances of the Week … gained 85 yards on eight carries (10.6 ypc), 25 yards on two receptions and 117 yards on four kickoff returns … scored his sixth touchdown of the season on a 20-yard screen pass in the Tide’s second-half comeback. Florida: Ran for a team-high 63 yards on 10 carries … broke free for a 30-yard gain in the first half to set up a score … returned three kicks for 58 yards with a long of 23 … totaled 121 all-purpose yards.South Carolina: Named the Special Teams Player of the Week by the coaching staff with six kickoff returns for 142 yards and a long of 31 yards … carried the ball six times for 23 yards … caught two passes for 12 yards. Mississippi: Did a little bit of everything in the Tide’s 23-10 win over Mississippi … accounted for 220 all-purpose yards … set a career high with an 85-yard reception for a touchdown … finished with 101 yards on five receptions … rushed 11 times for 45 yards while returning three kickoffs for 74 yards. Tennessee: Broke free for 119 yards on just 12 carries for an average of 9.92 yards per tote … scored on a career-long 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter … had five first down rushes … caught one pass. LSU: Rushed six times for 28 yards including a 22-yard first down burst to the Tigers’ 1-yard line … caught a touchdown pass on the next play only to sprain his left knee as tackles piled on after the play out of bounds … returned to the game but saw limited action after that. Auburn: Returned to the field after missing the Mississippi State and Georgia State games with a sprained knee … rushed the ball 10 times for 24 yards and one first-down carry … also caught three passes for nine yards.Michigan State: Rushed 10 times for 42 yards and one rushing touchdown on a nine-yard plunge in the second quarter of a 49-7 win over the No. 7 Spartans … caught one pass for 12 yards … had two first downs rushing and one receiving … returned one kickoff for 18 yards … finished with 72 all-purpose yards.
2009
He was an explosive option at running back off the bench for the Crimson Tide as a true freshman in 2009 … a SEC All-Freshman selection by league coaches and Sporting News … finished with 751 yards rushing on 145 carries and eight touchdowns in 14 games … averaged 5.2 yards per carry … ranked 10th in the SEC in rushing with 53.64 yards per game … also had 16 receptions for 126 yards … had a reception in 10-of-14 games … 37 rushes and eight receptions went for a first down or touchdown … had 12 explosive rushes of 12 yards or more … averaged 64.1 all-purpose yards per game … his long rush was a 52-yard burst vs. Arkansas where he broke five tackles on his way to the end zone … also broke free for a 49-yard scoring dash against Texas … recorded two 100-yard rushing games with 118 yards vs. Florida International and 109 yards against Texas in the Citi BCS National Championship Game. Virginia Tech: Came off the bench late in the second half to rush for 10 yards on three carries. Florida International: Saw more extensive playing time after Roy Upchruch sprained an ankle early in the first half and Mark Ingram was limited with the flu … took advantage of that playing time, rushing for 118 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns … also caught two passes for 23 yards … had three first-down rushes and two first-down receptions vs. the Panthers. North Texas: Carried the ball 11 times for 87 yards for a 7.9 yards per carry average … scored his third touchdown of the season with a one-yard run in the second quarter … caught one pass for three yards … had four rushes that were good for first downs. Arkansas: Produced one of the best runs of the 2009 college football season with his 52-yard burst up the Alabama sideline for the Tide’s first score against the Razorbacks … bounced off and ran through five Hog tacklers and then out ran an Arkansas defensive back to the end zone … finished with 65 yards on nine carries … also caught two passes for 16 yards. Kentucky:Carried the ball 14 times for 26 yards against a tough Kentucky rush defense … also caught one pass for nine yards that went for a first down. Mississippi: rushed nine times for 40 yards as the Tide rolled up 200 yards rushing … hauled in one reception for nine yards … had one rush that converted a first down on a 10-yard scamper … also saw playing time on special teams. South Carolina: Gained 13 yards on five carries against the Gamecocks … also caught two passes for 11 yards … picked up first downs for the Tide with a 14-yard run and a nine-yard pass. Tennessee: Accounted for 18 yards on eight carries … had two rushes that resulted in first downs for the Crimson Tide … caught one pass for two yards. LSU: Carried the ball six times for 27 yards … averaged 4.5 yards per rush … broke free for a long rush of 11 yards against the Tigers, which was good for an Alabama first down. Mississippi State: Was explosive off the bench against the Bulldogs with 47 yards on 11 carries … broke free for an 18-yard run in the second quarter to set up an Alabama touchdown.Chattanooga: Found the end zone for the fifth time on a two-yard plunge in the first quarter … carried the ball nine times for 60 yards … picked up four first downs … caught one pass for three yards. Auburn: Saw his most extensive playing time to date with 15 carries for 51 yards and a two-yard touchdown run … also caught three passes for 31 yards, including a 17-yard reception on the Tide’s game-winning drive that converted a first down. Florida: Again proved to be a valuable weapon in the Crimson Tide’s offensive attack … rushed for 80 yards on 11 carries for a 7.27 yards per carry average against the nation’s No. 1 defense … broke free for a 25-yard run as the Tide clinched the SEC Championships with a 32-13 win. Texas: Came off the bench to gash the Longhorn defense for 109 yards rushing and two touchdowns while catching two passes for 19 yards … had four rushes and two receptions that converted first downs for the Tide in the 37-21 victory … galloped 49-yards untouched in the second quarter for the go-ahead score … teamed with Mark Ingram to become the first running back tandem to each rush for at least 100 yards in a game since Alabama’s 2004 season opener — a span of 77 games.
High School
Richardson came to the Capstone as one of the most highly sought after running back prospects in the country … a rare combination of size, speed and elusiveness … Parade All-American … Under Armour All-American … USA Today All-American … EA Sports First-Team All-American … SuperPrep All-American … consensus five-star recruit … Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 6 overall player in its Rivals100 while also listing him as the top player in the state of Florida and No. 2 running back in the country … ESPNU lists him as the country’s top-ranked running back and No. 6 in the ESPNU150 … Scout.com has him as the nation’s No. 2 running back and 13th overall player … SuperPrep magazine lists him at No. 25 on its Elite 50 list, as the No. 2 running back and the No. 5 recruit in Florida … is a first-team All-American by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report and the publication’s No. 19 overall player … Rivals.com also lists him as the country’s top insider runner, the No. 1 downhill runner and the No. 3 home run threat … the No. 4 player in The Mobile Press-Register Super Southeast 120 … member of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 … top-ranked player in Florida by The Orlando Sentinel and named to the publications All-Southern team … Florida Athletic Coaches Association 5A Player of the Year and a finalist for Florida’s Mr. Football … Florida Sports Writers Association First-Team 5A All-State selection as a senior after being selected to the second team as a junior … rushed for 2,090 yards on 225 carries (9.3 ypc) and scored 26 touchdowns as a senior in 2008 for Escambia, including a single-game record of 419 yards … registered 1,490 on the ground with 15 touchdowns in just seven games as a junior … … timed at 10.5 in the 100 meters on the track … brother Terrell Richardson plays defensive end at Louisiana-Lafayette. … coached by Jimmy Nichols … chose Alabama over Florida, LSU, Florida State, and Tennessee.
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Andrew Luck scouting report

Andrew Luck QB Stanford
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 235
Strengths:
Has all the physical tools necessary to excel at the next level. Prototypical size for a true pocket passer. Does a great job standing in the pocket and reading the field. Very patient for a college quarterback. Has the arm strength to make all the necessary throws. Best attribute may be his touch; knows just how much to put on each throw; throws a very catchable ball. Accuracy is already on an elite NFL level and should allow for a smooth transition to the next level. Decent mobility, especially considering his size; a threat to pick up yards on the ground. Above-average intelligence on and off the field; a hard worker. A true team leader on and off the field; respected by teammates and coaches.
Weaknesses:
Suffered a broken finger in 2009. Overaggressive with the ball at times; will need to learn to throw it away more often at the next level.
Comments:
There is very little to criticize about Luck’s game. He is as polished as any prospect – not just quarterbacks – to enter the draft in at least a decade. As with any quarterback there will likely be a learning curve once he enters the league, but he has all the tools – both mental and physical – to be the face of a franchise for the next 10+ years. Any team with the slightest concern about their long-term future at quarterback needs to consider making a run at Luck.
School Bio
Continues Stanford’s long tradition of excellence at the quarterback position…Davey O’Brien and Heisman Trophy hopeful finalist is making a strong move up the school’s various career passing charts…already ranks seventh in passing yardage (5,626), despite having played just 24 career games…his 41 career touchdown passes rank tied for fifth all-time with Todd Husak (1996-99)…has already compiled 6,418 yards in total offense, which ranks sixth all-time…Stanford boasts an 19-5 record in his 24 career starts, including a 16-4 Pac-10 Conference ledger…has quarterbacked the Cardinal to a 4-1 record vs. Top 25 competition…has been under center for two of the most prolific offensive teams in school history…helped Stanford amass a 461 points in 2009 as a freshman and a school-record 484 points as a sophomore.
2010
Finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback and Maxwell Award for National Collegiate Player of the Year…has helped Stanford to a 11-1 record and a No. 5 ranking in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ Top 25 polls…the 11 wins and eight conference victories are both school records…has been red-hot over the last seven games, completing 152-of-201 (.756) of his passes for 1,792 yards and 15 TDs against USC, Washington State, Washington, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Oregon State…Stanford has won all seven of those games, marking its longest winning streak since the 1991 season…quarterbacks the nation’s eighth-highest scoring offense that is averaging 40.33 points a game…Stanford has scored 30 or more points in 11 of 12 games this season…Stanford is 19-5 with Luck as a starter…has completed 245-of-349 passes for 3,051 yards and 28 touchdowns on the season…his 28 touchdowns are Stanford single-season record, surpassing the previous mark of 27 held by John Elway (1980) and Steve Stenstrom (1993)…is just the fourth Stanford quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season, joining Steve Stenstrom (3,627; 1993), John Elway (3,242; 1982) and Todd Husak (3,092; 1998) as a member of Stanford’s elite 3,000-yard club…also set a new single-season standard with 3,489 yards in total offense, eclipsing Stenstrom’s previous mark of 3,398 set in 1993…is also on pace to set single-season records for completion percentage (70.2) and passing efficiency (166.10)…has used 17 different receivers this year, including eight players who have caught 10 passes or more…a total of 10 different players have caught TD passes…ranks first in the Pac-10 and eighth nationally in passing efficiency at 166.10…dual threat quarterback who has rushed 448 yards on 51 carries (8.6) and three TDs this season to rank as Stanford’s second leading rusher…his rushing total is the highest single-season total by a Stanford quarterback…has three runs for 50 yards or more this season (58 at Cal; 52 TD vs. Wake Forest; 51 TD at Washington)…completed 17-of-23 passes for 316 yards and four TDs in the season opener against Sacramento State…threw for 301 yards and four TDs in the first half alone…four TDs were a career high and the most by a Stanford quarterback since Trent Edwards threw for touchdowns against San Jose State in 2006…his passing total was the second highest of his career behind his 423-yard effort at Arizona in 2009…among his four TD strikes was an 81-yard bomb to Doug Baldwin in the first quarter, which ranked as the eighth longest touchdown pass in school history…completed 11-of-24 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford’s 35-0 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl…connected with Ryan Whalen on a 16-yard TD pass to open the scoring and Coby Fleener on a three-yard score with 8:38 remaining in the fourth quarter…also rushed for a career high 63 yards on seven carries…completed 17-of-23 passes for 207 yards and four TDs in a 68-24 win over Wake Forest…also rank for a touchdown on a career long 52-yard run at the 7:42 mark of the second quarter…led Stanford to touchdown drives in all eight of his possessions…point total tied for the fourth highest output in Stanford history…also marked the fourth time as a starter Stanford had scored 50 or more points in a game…threw for 238 yards against Notre Dame, leading Stanford to its first win in South Bend since 1992…completed 19-of-32 passes and one TD vs. the Irish…connected with Coby Fleener on a 16-yard TD pass at the 3:37 mark of the first quarter to erase a 3-0 Notre Dame lead…completed 29-of-46 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns in a 52-31 loss to fourth-ranked Oregon in Eugene…the completions and attempts were both a career high while the yardage was the second highest single-game total of his career… connected on TD passes to Griff Whalen and Coby Fleener and also ran for another score… completed 20-of-24 passes for 285 yards and three TDs in Stanford’s 37-35 victory over USC… engineered the game-winning, 62-yard, seven play scoring drive over the last 1:02 which culminated in Nate Whitaker’s 30-yard game-winning field goal…threw a pair of touchdown passes to Doug Baldwin and another to Konrad Reuland as Stanford posted its second straight win over USC…completed 20-of-28 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford’s 38-28 victory over Washington State… connected on scoring strikes to Doug Baldwin, Ryan Whalen and Coby Fleener… completed 19-of-26 passes for 192 yards and one TD at Washington… connected with tight end Zach Ertz on a three yard TD pass in the third quarter…the touchdown pass was his 20th of the season, moving him into a tie for fifth on Stanford’s all-time single-season list…led Stanford to its eighth straight game of scoring 30 or more points, a school record…completed 23-of-32 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford’s 42-17 victory over 13th-ranked Arizona…the passing total was the fourth highest of his career… Stanford improved to 4-1 against ranked teams with Luck at quarterback… completed a career-high 33 passes on 41 attempts for 292 yards in a win over Arizona State in Tempe…rallied Stanford from a 13-10, fourth quarter deficit as the Cardinal pulled out a 17-13 victory… was razor-sharp in a 48-14 victory over California with Stanford legend John Elway watching from the sideline…completed 16-of-20 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns as Stanford scored its most points ever against California in the 113th edition of the Big Game… Stanford scored on all eight of its possessions with Luck under center…also rushed for 72 yards on three carries…ran for a career long 58 yards on a first quarter carry that set up Stanford’s first touchdown of the game… closed the regular season with an outstanding performance against Oregon State… completed 21-of-30 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Cardinal to a 38-0 victory over the Beavers…marked the third time this season he had thrown for four touchdowns in a game (Sacramento State, Wake Forest)… became the first quarterback in school history with three, 4 TD games in one season… connected with running back Tyler Gaffney on a 52-yard swing pass in the fourth quarter for his school record 28th touchdown pass of the season, breaking the previous single-season mark of 27, held by John Elway (1980) and Steve Stenstrom (1993).
2009
Earned freshman All-America honors by CollegeFootballNews.com, Scout.com and Sporting News…first team all-freshman offense selection by Phil Steele…named national freshman of the year by Scout.com… also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team by Phil Steele, ESPN.com and Sporting News…enjoyed a sensational campaign in his first season at Stanford’s starting quarterback…became the first freshman quarterback to start a season-opening game since Kyle Matter in 2002 at Boston College…was the first freshman to win the starting quarterback job in fall camp since Chad Hutchinson in 1996…was at the helm of the highest-scoring offense in school history in terms of total points (434)…set a Stanford freshman passing record with 2,575 yards…only an injury, which forced him out of the Sun Bowl, stood in the way of cracking Stanford’s single-season top-10 list for passing yardage…tossed 13 touchdowns, which were the most by a Stanford frosh since Steve Stenstrom fired 15 scores in 1991…accurate passer who led the conference in passing efficiency (143.5)…ranked second among conference signal callers in total offense (244.1) and fifth in passing yards per game (214.6)…threw just four interceptions on the year, the lowest mark in the Pac-10…dual threat who also rushed for 354 yards on 61 carries (5.8)…his rushing total was the most by a Stanford quarterback since Gene Washington ran for 362 yards in 1966…his 2,929 yards in total offense ranked fifth on Stanford’s single-season charts, 459 yards shy of Steve Stenstrom’s record of 3,398, set in 1991…threw for 200 yards or more in six games, topped off by a career-high 423-yard effort at Arizona…made his collegiate debut in the season-opener at Washington State and completed 11 of 23 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown…first career TD pass was a 63-yarder to Chris Owusu at the 11:54 mark of the second quarter, which ranks as Stanford’s longest pass play of the season…completed a season-high 23 passes including two touchdowns on 34 attempts for 276 yards at Wake Forest…both touchdown passes went to Ryan Whalen…was an efficient 9 for 12 for 170 yards and one touchdown against San Jose State…completed 7 of 14 passes for 103 yards in Stanford’s win over No. 24 Washington…completed 112 of 205 passes (54.6) for 1,833 yards and nine TDs over the final eight games of the season…included in the stretch was a spectacular, 423-yard, three-TD performance at Arizona, which ranked as the third-best passing game in Stanford history in terms of yardage…became the first Stanford quarterback to throw for over 400 yards with fewer than 25 completions (21)…completed three passes of 40 yards or more in the game…totaled 443 yards in total offense which ranked second on the school’s single-game list…came back the following week to complete 17 of 28 passes for 236 yards in a 33-14 home win over Arizona State…played with poise beyond his years in engineering upsets of No. 7 Oregon and No. 11 USC in back-to-back weekends…completed 12 of 20 passes for 251 yards with two touchdowns against the Ducks…was 12 for 22 for 144 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford’s 55-21 victory over USC at the Coliseum…closed out the regular season by completing 14 of 20 passes for 198 yards in Stanford’s 45-38 win over Notre Dame…broke his right index finger in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame and was sidelined for the Sun Bowl contest vs. Oklahoma…first team All-Pac-10 academic selection…recipient of the Dewsarte-Eller Award honoring the team’s top sophomore.
2008
Redshirt freshman.
High School
Graduated from Stratford High School in Houston, Texas…ranked as high as the No. 4 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com, the No. 5 overall recruit in Texas and the No. 47 overall recruit in the nation…Rivals.com tabbed him No. 1 on its list of the most accurate quarterbacks in the country, as well as No. 4 on its list of pro-style QB’s, the No. 9 overall recruit from Texas and No. 68 overall player nationally…a SuperPrep All-American who ranked as the publication’s No. 10 player in Texas and No. 7 QB nationwide…passed for 7,139 career yards and 53 touchdowns in three prep seasons, completing 488 of 824 passes (59.2%)…also added 2,085 career rushing yards…threw for 2,684 yards and 19 TDs while completing 196 of 338 passes as a senior in 2007 to earn second team All-Texas honors for Class 5A teams…was named the 19-5A District MVP and added a spot on the Rivals.com All-America team for juniors only in 2006 when he threw for 2,926 yards and 27 TDs on 176 of 257 passing…added 1,529 yards and seven TDs as a sophomore when he completed 116 of 229 throws…complemented his throwing exploits with rushing totals of 671 yards as a senior, 714 in his junior campaign and 700 during his sophomore season…son of former Houston Oiler and West Virginia quarterback Oliver Luck, who currently serves as the athletic director at West Virginia…served as the valedictorian of Stratford’s graduating class of 2008…majoring in architectural design.
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