When you hear the name Andrew Luck, you probably think of a highly touted rookie passer who played games for Stanford last season—passer being the operative word. Truth is, the guy actually runs the ball pretty well, too.
Luck has five rushing touchdowns this season, good for second among quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III has six). That number might even be surprising to Luck, considering that he totaled seven rushing scores in three collegiate seasons.
He has also found the end zone more often than the overwhelming majority of the rest of the NFL. Only five running backs have more end-zone visits than the Indianapolis Colts QB. Here are a few names that Luck is surprisingly outpacing in the rushing TD department.
Jamaal Charles didn’t rush for any scores in 2011 due to a torn ACL suffered early in the season. Our expectations for him this year were shattered by his Week 3 performance against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome: 33 carries, 233 yards and a touchdown.
He scored again on the San Diego Chargers the following week, but those two touchdowns represent Charles’ only two rushing scores of the season.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ calling card as a New England Patriots player was two-fold: He had a nose for the end zone and protected the football, never having fumbled in his NFL career entering 2012. The Law Firm had 11 rushing TDs last year.
With the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, Green-Ellis has one more touchdown (three) than he has fumbles (two).
Marshawn Lynch scored 12 touchdowns last year on the ground, including 10 in his last 10 games. Beast Mode has been getting fed all season—he has 185 carries in nine games—but he hasn’t been finding the end zone with the same degree of regularity in 2012.
The Seattle Seahawks bruiser has four TDs on the year.
Screams of Philadelphia Eagles and fantasy football fanatics everywhere to get LeSean McCoy the football more have gone unheard, especially when it comes to the red zone. Shady led the league in rushing touchdowns last season with 17 on 273 carries.
This season, McCoy has 146 carries, but a total of two touchdowns on the ground.
In recent history, two names are most synonymous with rushing touchdowns from the quarterback position: Cam Newton and Michael Vick.
Andrew Luck has as many rushing scores this year as both of those guys combined. Vick only had one rushing score last season after nine in 2010, but Newton was second among all NFL players last season with a quarterback-record 14 rushing touchdowns.
This year, the Carolina Panthers' sophomore quarterback has four.
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