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Andrew Luck studied the Colts’ playbook more than his textbooks

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Like many of us during our final semesters in college, Andrew Luck sat in a classroom over the last month and thought more about what he’d be doing after graduation than about the work he needed to complete in order to graduate. Where Luck is different from most of us is that he had a somewhat more exciting and higher-paying job ready for him when college was over.

Luck, the Colts rookie quarterback who is back on the field with his teammates today after being forced to miss Organized Team Activities because Stanford was still in session, appeared to have everything down pat at the Colts’ minicamp, and he said he’s been focusing on learning the playbook more than reading his textbooks.

“I’ve managed to learn the playbook,” Luck said, via the Indianapolis Star. “I’d wake up in the morning and have a serious lack of motivation to go to class. Then I’d work out, do football stuff until lunch, then go to afternoon classes and go from there. It was tough. . . . My mind has been in Indianapolis the last couple of months.”

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he still hasn’t seen Luck make a mental mistake.

“Again, no mental errors, just like rookie minicamp,” Pagano said. “He hasn’t missed a beat. He’s a really bright kid, really focused and driven. The success he’s had — the reason is because football is so important to him, so I’m really pleased where’s he’s at. His football IQ is off the charts.”

Luck’s college career just ended, but he already knows how to study a playbook like a pro.

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26 Responses to “Andrew Luck studied the Colts’ playbook more than his textbooks”
  1. cincyorangenblack says: Jun 12, 2012 4:22 PM

    maybe next he’ll learn how to not be a such a mouth breather

  2. cincyorangenblack says: Jun 12, 2012 4:22 PM

    especially since he’ll end up w/that mouth wired shut by the end of his first year

  3. dasportsninja says: Jun 12, 2012 4:22 PM

    It is a lot easier not to make mental errors when you are wearing a RED Jersey.

  4. timbrehmer says: Jun 12, 2012 4:28 PM

    Man, this year is going to be a blast!

  5. qdog112 says: Jun 12, 2012 4:28 PM

    “Colts coach Chuck Pagano said he still hasn’t seen Luck make a mental mistake.”
    ******************************
    TRANSLATION: Our management is really, really smart to have drafted him. Even smarter to have hired me. Here that management, I’m pumping you up. That should be worth at least 5-10 screw ups down the road. No, really, you guys are very smart.

  6. salmen76 says: Jun 12, 2012 4:29 PM

    Maybe Andrew Luck should tuter Chad Ochocinco! Ha Ha. Geaux Saints!

  7. tolan04 says: Jun 12, 2012 4:30 PM

    He could write an entire textbook he’s that smart.

  8. conbro8 says: Jun 12, 2012 4:32 PM

    Welcome home Andrew!

  9. nycoccet says: Jun 12, 2012 4:39 PM

    I hope both Luck and Griffen III, do well. Im an Eagles fan and contradicts what you think a fan would feel about an opponent. I dont know about you guys but hate to see nice kids like these guys struggle. I wonder how different Leafs life would be if he didnt be ome the biggest bust in history. Its crazy how being such a good college player has basically been the catalyst for him being a addict and criminal. These guys are totally different attitude wise but still hope theyre both successful.

  10. robolundgren says: Jun 12, 2012 4:40 PM

    Maybe Andrew Luck should tuter Chad Ochocinco! Ha Ha. Geaux Saints!
    _______________________________

    You’re not in much of a position to talk about tutoring.

  11. bullcharger says: Jun 12, 2012 4:46 PM

    Good idea. Give your rookie QB the biggest head in the world before he ever sees an NFL defense at full speed.

  12. EJ says: Jun 12, 2012 7:06 PM

    Luck will succeed in Indy. Yes, there is major pressure coming in behind one of the greatest Quarterbacks in the history of football, but this kid is confident as they come. He wasn’t chosen a year before the draft as the #1 pick for 2012 for nothing.

  13. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:19 PM

    Good idea. Give your rookie QB the biggest head in the world before he ever sees an NFL defense at full speed@bullcharger………hows coach doing that? its not like the redskins and they are praising him, but luck is smart, but we all know he will pay his dues, hes the new franchise, and the coach is new too, so why say bad stuff about him, when theyre both learning on the job now

  14. jaydog76 says: Jun 12, 2012 7:46 PM

    Just imagine if we still had Tom Moore to mold him….

  15. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 12, 2012 8:37 PM

    “I’ve managed to learn the playbook,” Luck said, via the Indianapolis Star. “I’d wake up in the morning and have a serious lack of motivation to go to class.

    I would too, knowing that shortly I’ll be the starting QB for the next 10-15 years for the Colts.

  16. trojanwarrior007 says: Jun 12, 2012 8:58 PM

    Honestly this talk about Luck being perfect and RGIII not making any mistakes is ridiculous.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 12, 2012 9:00 PM

    It’s still uncertain how Andrew will do on his college tests. Since the Football IQ Chart only goes up to 45.

  18. snargi01 says: Jun 12, 2012 9:12 PM

    nycoccet says: I wonder how different Leafs life would be if he didnt be ome the biggest bust in history. Its crazy how being such a good college player has basically been the catalyst for him being a addict and criminal.

    He could have had a long NFL career, won multiple super bowls, wrecked a motorcycle while not wearing a helmet, allegedly raped a girl, etc…

  19. bluelifer says: Jun 12, 2012 9:35 PM

    Oh gosh he is so smart…..gimme a break everyones a genius till they flop…….just sayin

  20. snargi01 says: Jun 12, 2012 9:49 PM

    nycoccet says: I wonder how different Leafs life would be if he didnt be ome the biggest bust in history. Its crazy how being such a good college player has basically been the catalyst for him being a addict and criminal.

    He could have had a long NFL career, won multiple super bowls, wrecked a motorcycle while not wearing a helmet, allegedly attacked a girl in a night club, etc…

  21. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 12, 2012 9:50 PM

    Luck’s voice bothers me…

  22. rabidskinsfan says: Jun 12, 2012 11:23 PM

    Luck will be a bust!

  23. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 12, 2012 11:31 PM

    Coming from a skins fan, u know all about Bust, but sorry to bust yr bubble, but IRG3 will be the bust, the redskins fail more than hail the past 20 years!!!

  24. rabidskinsfan says: Jun 12, 2012 11:58 PM

    I’ll say it again…Luck will be a bust…RGIII is legit!

  25. jfinn5 says: Jun 13, 2012 12:58 AM

    Luck is going to be a great QB. He was a smart and great QB at Stanford. People from the east did not see him because they were in bed after one of the classic battles between UCON and Rutgers.

  26. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Jun 13, 2012 1:44 AM

    What I’m not seeing yet, is people impressed by this guy PLAYING FOOTBALL.

    It’s been the consensus around the league that Peyton Manning is the smartest QB in the NFL.. BUT he couldn’t always PERFORM when the team needed it the most, EVEN THOUGH he knew the plays like the back of his hand.

    Its not all about knowing the plays… its about EXECUTING.

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