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Undrafted & Underrated: Stanford WR Griff Whalen works to join his best friend, Andrew Luck, on the Colts’ roster

A shortened version of this story appeared in The New York Times’ college sports blog The Quad and in The Daily print edition today.

“With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford…”

Luck strides across the Radio City Music Hall stage in a dark-blue suit and a tie with lilac and lavender stripes, his normally shaggy hair groomed for the occasion. He bear-hugs the league commissioner and flashes a goofy smile for the rows of cameras.
Back at Stanford, in the Rains apartment he shares with Luck, Griff Whalen is also beaming. Staring at the 36-inch TV in the corner of their living room, he watches as the kid from Houston that he’s known since freshman year, talks to Deion Sanders on ESPN.

Football: Gatewood latest in long line of dual threats

At any level of football, attrition is the story of every team’s season. Players get hurt. Coaches agonize over position battles. Fans speculate about who will fill the voids left by others…. But for the Cardinal, sometimes it’s not a problem of talent but a problem of economics–supply doesn’t meet demand–and that means a player has to change positions in order to make a necessary difference for a team that’s in contention for a national championship.