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QB Andrew Luck Will Stay at Stanford

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal drops back to pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Andrew LalamaContributor IJanuary 6, 2011

Twitter is abuzz this afternoon with news that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has decided NOT to declare for the 2011 NFL draft.

Luck, a redshirt sophomore, was a virtual lock to be selected first overall by the Carolina Panthers.  Many analysts believe he is the best quarterback prospect in years, while some even compare him to Peyton Manning.

With head coach Jim Harbaugh most likely on his way to the NFL, Luck will look to guide the Cardinal to a National Championship in 2011 without his mentor. Stanford fell just short this season, with its only loss coming at the hands of an undefeated Oregon team that will play for the BCS Championship on Monday.

Luck will also start next college football season as the Heisman trophy front-runner.

As a result, the Carolina Panthers will have to look elsewhere with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Other candidates include Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley and a slew of quarterbacks, each of whom have obvious flaws, unlike Luck.

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