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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

November 22, 2011 at 10:49 AM

David Shaw goes on the offensive for Stanford’s Luck

Andrew Luck, the Stanford quarterback, has been slipping in the Heisman polls recently. He had a couple of interceptions in the Oregon loss and now has eight this season, and the vote for the stiff-arm trophy is seen as much closer than it was a month ago.

Don’t tell that to David Shaw, the Stanford coach.

Asked what he thought of Luck slipping, Shaw said Tuesday on the Pac-12 conference call, “I think it’s a joke, it’s an absolute joke. Nobody in college football is doing what Andrew Luck is doing.”

Shaw was an NFL assistant for nine years, during which he spent much time evaluating quarterbacks and their capabilities at the line of scrimmage.

“There’s nobody I’ve heard of (in college) that does as much at the line of scrimmage,” Shaw said, “and there’s not that many in the NFL that do as much at the line of scrimmage.”

Shaw said he “keeps hearing all this stuff” about other candidates, and he probably is thinking of USC’s Matt Barkley, who has been putting on a run lately.

“We don’t have two first-round draft picks playing receiver for us,” said Shaw. “We don’t.”

Shaw harkened back to Charles Woodson’s Heisman year in 1997, when Woodson played some receiver at Michigan as well as his primary position of cornerback.

“He was doing something nobody else in the nation was doing,” Shaw said, “playing two positions at a high level. Andrew is doing something I have not seen anybody do in college football.”

Luck has thrown for 31 touchdowns, has a pass-efficiency rating of 167.3 and has completed 70.3 percent of his passes.

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