Luck named Player of the Week for a second time


Stanford redshirt sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week in football it was announced Monday.

Luck completed 16 of 20 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns (13, 19 yards) in Stanford's 48-14 Big Game win over host California on Saturday.

Luck added 72 yards rushing on three carries, including a career-best 58-yard run in the first quarter. He led Stanford to scores on each of the first eight possessions.

It was the most points scored by Stanford in the 113th meeting of the Big Game, equaling the Big Game record of 48 scored by California in 1975 (48-15).

Luck earned the honor for the second time in three weeks, and Stanford recorded its third honor of the year. Nate Whitaker was named Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 27.

The Cardinal (8-1, 10-1) hosts Oregon State in the regular-season finale on Saturday, with kickoff set for 4:30 p.m.

On Monday, Luck also was named one of three finalists along with Auburn's Cam Newton and Boise State's Kellen Moore for the 2010 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Football Player of the Year.

The O'Brien National Selection Committee was asked to consider the following criteria when choosing the finalists: quarterback skills, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship.

Luck has completed 224-of-319 passes for 2,746 yards and 24 touchdowns this season in leading Stanford to a top-10 ranking in the Associated Press poll. His 24 touchdown passes this season are tied for third on the school's all-time single-season list, three shy of the record held by John Elway (1980) and Steve Stenstrom (1993).

Luck leads the Pac-10 and ranks eighth nationally in passing efficiency (162.97) and he also tops the conference in total offense per game (290.09).

He has been red-hot over his last six games, completing 131-of-171 (.766) of his passes for 1,487 yards and 11 touchdowns against USC, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State and Cal. Stanford won each of those games, marking the program's longest winning streak since the 1991 season.

Luck also ranks as Stanford's second leading rusher with 445 yards on 49 attempts and three touchdowns this season. His rushing total is the highest single-season mark ever by a Stanford quarterback. Luck has three runs of over 50 yards to his credit this season, including a career-long 58-yard gain against California.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by John
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I think the most remarkable factor in Luck's Big Game-performance was that Stanford scored on every possession in which Luck was the quarterback.

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