Stanford football: 15 greatest quarterbacks in Cardinal history

Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal
Andrew Luck, Stanford Cardinal. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Pick Analysis. 871. 2. player. Scouting Report. QB. (2008-11). Andrew Luck

The son of a former NFL quarterback, Andrew Luck arrived on campus at Stanford with plenty of expectation riding on his strong right arm. While he would end up redshirting during his freshman season, he took control of the job in 2009, becoming the first freshman to start for the program since Chad Hutchinson.

From there, the rest is history, as he would go on to become one of the more prolific college football quarterbacks of all time. As a redshirt freshman, Luck led the team to two victories over top-10 opponents. While that was a solid accomplishment, the kid was just getting started.

Luck would be named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, leading the team to a 12-1 record, and win in the Orange Bowl over the Virginia Tech Hokies. As Heisman Trophy whispers started to turn into loud yells, Luck continued to keep his cool and wrapped up his college career with a very successful junior season as well.

In his final year on campus, Luck finished as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting, but was named an All-American and led the Cardinal to a BCS Bowl game.

Overall, he ranks No. 2 in program history in passing yards (9,430), posting two of the top four single-season marks the school has ever seen. His 82 career touchdown passes are still the most all time of any quarterback to ever put on a Stanford uniform.