Stanford Pulls Aces With Standout Freshman Quarterback

Jason Figueiredo@sportschatterCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2009

Nothing beats the feeling of sitting at a poker table and seeing that you have been dealt two beautiful bullets. 

You are excited yet you don’t want to be too anxious.  You want to be unassuming but you can’t let rags lead to riches either.  

Landing a five star recruit who is ready to take the field on day one is college football’s version of pocket aces.  Everyone wants to get really fired up about them, but they know there is a possibility that things may end up in disappointment.

While some schools peer from behind an enormous stack of blue chips, seemingly playing with an indefinite amount of concealed aces, Stanford hasn’t seen a recruit this decorated since offensive lineman Alex Fletcher in 2005. 

Fletcher was an All-American offensive lineman and played four solid years for the Cardinal but he was not in the game changing position that Andrew Luck is set to take over.

Luck was deemed a five star prospect by Scout.com and would rank as high as the fourth best prep quarterback in the nation.  In his three seasons at Stratford High School in Houston, Texas, Luck threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns, had a 59.2 completion percentage, and rushed for over 2,000 yards. 

After having to sit and watch for an entire year, the redshirt freshman’s talent appears to be translating very well onto the college stage.

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Andrew triumphantly took over the number one spot in the QB depth chart shortly after spring drills. 

Training camp has allowed him to show off his talent even more and looks to be the accurate, powerful arm that Stanford fans have desperately desired. Throughout training camp, it has not been uncommon to see Luck lace perfectly thrown balls 30-yards down field to an open receiver. 

Andrew continued to impress in Stanford’s first scrimmage earlier this week, throwing 6-for-10 with 80 yards and a touchdown. 

The touch and accuracy of his throws is creating quite the buzz around the Bay Area and has everyone extremely anxious to see what he will be able to do when he hits the field in Pullman on Sept. 3.

It’s safe to say that this time around, Stanford has a lot more invested with this wonderful hand they have been dealt. If Luck can live up to expectations right out of the gate, Cardinal fans should be in store for a pretty amazing season. 

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