Cardinal fans are buzzing after a very good off-season on The Farm. Although 2008 ended with three losses, there is a lot to like about the direction that head coach Jim Harbaugh is taking this program. At the center of the excitement stands redshirt freshman Andrew Luck. Luck was the prize recruit of the 2008 recruiting class, and thus far, he has lived up to the billing.
The 6-4 225 pound Luck enjoyed a superb spring and left camp as the favorite to win the starting job for Stanford over incumbent, Tavita Pritchard. He closed out spring practice with one the best performances of any QB in the conference this off-season, going 18-of-25 for 352 yards and five touchdowns in the Cardinal and White game. Those kind of numbers, even in a spring game, are very impressive considering the fact that Stanford had the 103rd ranked passing attack in America one season ago. Luck’s size and arm strength have coaches drooling over the possibilities for the passing game in 2009. If you factor in power running back Toby Gerhart’s ability to keep the defense honest, it could be a potent offense for Stanford this fall.