Pac 12

Stanford’s Andrew Luck Says No to NFL Draft 2011

| by Alex Groberman

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has ended the suspense.

In a brief announcement Thursday, the odds-on favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft said one more year in school was worth more than taking millions this spring.

"I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012,” he said in a statement.

The biggest losers here are, obviously, the Carolina Panthers who said he was their number one target. Now the struggling franchise will have to seek out another talent to commit a ton of money to, even though few of the top-ranked players in the country this year are worthy of the pick.

Luck, of course, became a household name this season as he led the new-look Stanford Cardinal to a 12-1 finish and what will almost certainly be a top-five end-of-season ranking. On the year, the talented passer threw for 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns. The impressive totals came on a very efficient 71 percent passing and a mere eight interceptions.

While not exactly a dual threat like Auburn’s Cam Newton, Luck put up 513 yards on the ground this season.

Luck finished second to Newton in Heisman Trophy voting, and he led Stanford to an easy 40-12 blowout win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.