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Andrew Luck’s college coach shares stories on No. 12

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 31, 2013 – 10:58 am

Earlier this week, Stanford head coach David Shaw joined the Dan Patrick show.

Shaw, who was Andrew Luck’s offensive coordinator from 2008-2010 and then his head coach in 2011, was asked about his former Cardinal quarterback.

The transcript below includes Shaw sharing some interesting insight to why Luck is wired the way he is:

Shaw on his favorite Andrew Luck story:

“There’s so many. There’s so many. (Patrick interjects: “Is (Luck) a nerd, David?”) Absolutely. Absolutely. And I love that about him and when people meet him, they love that about him, also. Because he’s not just football 24/7. He can talk about anything else. He loves talking about World Cup soccer. He can nerd out on World Cup soccer for hours.

What I love about Andrew is you see the way he plays…but he’s ultra, ultra competitive. There was a game we played against the University of Washington two years ago, his last year (2011). We set the school record for rushing yards and Andrew threw for 100-and-something yards (169 yards, season low) and it was on a day when like six guys threw for 350 plus yards, couple guys threw for 400 plus. We pulled Andrew out of the game and I looked at him and I was like, ‘Gosh, sorry. Everybody else had big days today and we just ran the ball a bunch today.’ And he looked at me and said, ‘Coach, I just had my best game.’ I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ He said, ‘I saw everything. I got us in all the right run checks. I felt like it was a flawless game. I played my best football game.’

So here’s a guy that’s a Heisman Trophy candidate, he’s an All-American, an Academic All-American, he’s our team leader, etc, and he was so excited because we had two running backs over 100 (yards) and another running back go for 90 something. He was a part of it. That tells you how unselfish, his character, his leadership and his competitiveness. He was so excited that we won. He didn’t care about stats. So many guys say they don’t care about stats publically and they go back behind and they read everybody else stats and they get mad because their stats don’t compare. Here’s a guy that’s truly in it to win it and is truly part of the team.”

On Andrew Luck being “deceptively athletic” and why are there labels on him:

“That’s a great question and I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s a racial commentary because he doesn’t look like he should be that fast or if it’s because he is big, 240 pounds. But when you watch him play, and you saw it in high school, he’s a pocket passer, oh wait, he’s out of the pocket and he’s gone for 40 (yards). He had multiple runs here of 30 yards plus. He’s a great athlete. He can run, but at the same time he can also just buy time in the pocket and throw the ball. Deceptively athletic and deceptively fast, it’s not really deceptive to those guys on defense because sometimes they have a tough time catching him.”

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