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Stanford's Luck is named Pac-10 Player of the Week in football

 

Success breeds success, and Stanford sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck is the latest recipient after being named the Pac-10 Conference's Player of the Week for his performance in Stanford's 42-17 won over 13th-ranked Arizona last Saturday.

Luck completed 23 of 32 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cardinal to its eighth win of the season. He also rushed three times for 25 yards, bringing his season rushing total to 370 yards, which is the highest single-season mark by a Stanford quarterback.

Luck connected on a 45 yard touchdown pass to Chris Owusu in the first quarter and completed a five yard shovel pass to Tyler Gaffney for another touchdown in the third quarter. Luck now has 22 touchdowns on the year, which ranks fourth on Stanford's all-time single-season list with Steve Dils (1978) and five shy of the school's all-time record of 27, shared by John Elway (1980) and Steve Stenstrom (1993).

Luck's selection marks the third time this season a Stanford player has earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week accolades. Cornerback Michael Thomas earned the award following his performance against UCLA, while place kicker Nate Whitaker was tabbed following a five field goal performance at Notre Dame.

In addition, Luck also has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the 74th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year, Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced.

Luck has quarterbacked Stanford to an 8-1 record, the team's best start since the 1970 season. In nine games, he has completed 175-of-258 passes for 2,213 yards and 22 touchdowns. He leads the Pac-10 Conference and ranks seventh nationally in passing efficiency at 163.77 and also tops the conference and ranks 19th nationally in total offense per game (287.0).

The sophomore from Houston, Texas has been red-hot over the last four games, completing 82-of-110 (.745) of his passes for 960 yards and nine touchdowns against USC, Washington State, Washington and Arizona. Stanford is 16-5 in Luck's 21 career starts at quarterback.

The winner of the 74th Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 9. Three finalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 22, and a second round of voting will take place at that time. The formal presentation of these awards will be made at the Maxwell Football Club's Awards Dinner on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the Harrah's Entertainment Complex in Atlantic City, N.J.

Swimming

Stanford's Julia Smit finished second overall at the fall World Cup, netting herself $77,500 in prize money following four more medals in the final competition over the weekend in Stockholm, Sweden.

Former teammate, Elaine Breeden completed an undefeated run in the 200 fly, setting the U.S. record on the final leg to highlight six Stanford medal winners overall during the seven-city tour of three continents. Breeden finished fourth on the money list with $11,500.

Stanford grad Marshall added two more gold medals, giving him six for the tour and $12,500 in prize money.

In the final short-course (metes) meet, Smit won the 200 and 400-IM and was a runnerup in the 100 IM and 200 back, giving the 2010 NCAA Swimmer of the Year a total of 23 medals, including 12 gold and eight silver.

In the overall standings, Finland's Therese Alshammar was the winner, earning the $100,000 prize as she won 15 gold medals and finished with 162 points. Alshammar and Smit each earned an additional $27,500 for medals throughout the tour. Smit finished with 128 points.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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