Though the pressure Luck faces no longer stems from Saturdays in Stanford Stadium, Stanford continues to have a major impact on Luck’s development.
Adding to an ever-expanding presence in the NFL, four members of Stanford football’s 2014 class survived training camp cuts and made a 53-man roster, raising the total number of former Cardinal players in the league to 22. Rookies Trent Murphy (Washington), David Yankey (Minnesota), Cameron Fleming (New England) and Ryan Hewitt (Cincinnati) succeeded in earning…
Some games mean more than others. For Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck ’12, Sunday’s matchup against the 49ers was one of those important games. After being coached by Jim Harbaugh for three years at Stanford, Luck defeated his former coach in their first matchup against one another, with the Colts prevailing 27-7 over the 49ers…
It was 6 a.m. the morning after the Orange Bowl victory. Andrew Luck, after staying up and celebrating the entire night, sat in the hot tub at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel with about a dozen of his teammates. Right then and there, Luck told them that he was returning to Stanford for his senior season.
As the Cardinal lined up for third-and-1, a Trojan defensive lineman spoke up to senior center Chase Beeler. “If you guys run power one more time, I’m done,” he said. “I’m subbing myself out.”
For senior Usua Amanam, lining up in the secondary is a bit dumbfounding in and of itself.
A year ago, promising experience gave way to a disappointing 2011 for Stanford’s defensive backs. Things couldn’t be more different this preseason.
While Andrew Luck and David DeCastro might have stolen the headlines as the first two Stanford players selected in the NFL draft, ten other Cardinal players officially made the leap from the Farm to the NFL over the weekend as well.