Beginning to emerge from the large shadow cast by Robert Griffin III, dynamic quarterback Andrew Luck delivered a record-setting performance while leading the Colts to a 23-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins yesterday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The 6-foot-4, 234 pound Luck, who the Colts (5-3) 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, threw for 433 yards and two touchdowns against Miami.
The 23-year-old Luck, once labeled by ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. as the best quarterback prospect since John Elway left Palo Alto in 1983, has now tossed 10 touchdowns, in comparison to eight interceptions, for 2,404 yards in eight games as an NFL starter.
In addition to a powerful arm, the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011, is blessed with great footwork and mobility in the pocket that has allowed the former Cadinal to run for 148 yards and 3 scores on the ground.
“The kid, he continues to amaze,” said wide receiver Reggie Wayne, 33, a three-time All-Pro who caught seven passes for 78 yards in this weekend’s victory. “Hopefully I can help, you know, add on to his legacy that he’s about to build.”
Luck, who signed a four-year contract worth $22 million with the Colts on July 19, also equaled Peyton Manning by becoming the second rookie signal-caller to produce four 300-yard games in a season.
Barring injury, or an unforeseen addiction to smack or booze, Manning’s successor will thrive as a field general for more than the next decade in “The Circle City” and mature into the newest Colts icon.
Expect Andrew Luck to continue to “add on to his legacy” and ultimately develop into the best passer in the league within two years.by