For the second year in a row, Stanford redshirt junior quarterback Andrew Luck was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy on Monday. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Wisconsin running back Montee Ball rounded out the list of finalists.
In its last regular-season game, the Stanford football team scored 21 unanswered first-half points to put away Notre Dame 28-14—but Saturday night was all about redshirt junior quarterback Andrew Luck in his final performance before the Heisman Trophy ceremony
Here’s a scenario: Stanford’s star quarterback leads the Cardinal to its first conference title in more than a decade, takes home the Heisman Trophy, wins the Rose Bowl in an upset, is named MVP of the game and is selected first overall in the NFL Draft after being called the “best pro quarterback prospect I’ve ever seen” by competing college coaches. And the next year, a much-lesser-known quarterback takes Stanford to another conference-topping season, another Rose Bowl and another stunning win in Pasadena.
Instead, it’s about that lone outsider: Stanford’s own Jim Plunkett