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Fiesta Bowl: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck shines in loss to Oklahoma State

FIESTA BOWL — Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was pretty hard on himself after the Cardinal lost to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. Looking at his stat line, though, he might have been too hard.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, Published: January 3, 2012

So much so that the Indianapolis Colts, who still have an NFL hall of famer on the roster, are feeling compelled to take Luck in the spring. Who wants to be the team to pass on the high school valedictorian who was a Heisman finalist each of the past two years?

He's a marketing dream, a team leader. Oh, and he's a pretty good passer, too.

Luck was particularly surgical in the second half against OSU, helping Stanford to convert six of its first seven third-down-conversion tries.

Five were Luck passes. One was a Luck scramble.

“Andrew's a special player,” Gundy said. “There's a lot of talk about Andrew Luck, and I don't question anything that people say about him.”

Some were surprised when Luck chose to come back for another year at Stanford, to get his degree and put off the NFL. That was the case especially considering his coach and mentor, former Pro Bowler Jim Harbaugh, left to coach the San Francisco 49ers.

But did return. And he said late Monday night, even after a painful loss in a big game, that he'd do it again.

“It was worth it,” Luck said. “Not that I enjoyed every moment, because I didn't. But I would never regret it. I grew as a person, a player. I learned a lot. … It was definitely worth it.”

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