Somewhat lost in the justifiable hysteria surrounding Robert Griffin III, surefire superstar Andrew Luck led the Colts to an impressive 23-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The 6-foot-4, 234 pound Luck, who the Colts (1-1) took first overall in April’s draft after the prodigy guided Stanford University to an 11-2 record in 2011 and captured the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, went 20-of-31 for two touchdowns and zero picks against “The Purple and Gold.”
The two-time College America Team selection, a runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011, struggled mightily in his professional debut last week versus the Chicago Bears in a 41-21 loss at Soldier Field.
Luck, who has now tossed three touchdowns, in comparison to three interceptions, for 533 yards in two games as an NFL starter, is blessed with great footwork and his mobility in the pocket consistently troubled the Vikings (1-1) defense.
“We were rushing him. He moved around a lot. It (stinks), missing sacks,” said Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, 30, a four-time All-Pro and two-time league sacks leader. “He did a good job. If the guy is not as mobile, we probably have six sacks.”
It is scary that Luck, who signed a four-year contract worth $22 million with the Colts on July 19, is “getting more comfortable every day.”
Barring injury, or an unforeseen addiction to smack or booze, Peyton Manning’s successor will thrive under center for more than the next decade in “The Circle City” and become the newest Colts icon.
Expect Andrew Luck to continue “getting more comfortable every day” while developing into one of the league’s preeminent signal-callers within two years.by