It’s rare for a sophomore to be on varsity of a Class 5A football team in Texas, let alone play quarterback.
Then again, Indianapolis Colts rookie Andrew Luck has never been your average player – even as a high schooler at Stratford (Houston, Texas).
Andrew Luck proved himself as a sophomore by taking command.
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In the fourth quarter of Luck’s first varsity start during his sophomore season, Stratford led Cinco Ranch by one in the closing moments. Stratford had the ball on offense, and coach Eliot Allen wanted to drive it down the field to eat up the clock.
Allen remembers watching Luck take command, draping his arms around the huddle, head bobbing while screaming to his teammates. The Luck-led Stratford offense proceeded to drive the ball as planned to ice the 7-6 win.
Allen said the seniors had never seen anything like what Luck had just done.
“I hadn’t really seen Andrew take charge,” Allen said. “From that moment on, it was not only apparent Andrew was going to be a very good player, but a great leader. He had a certain demeanor about him.”
Luck just seemed to get it, Allen said. It sure helped having a father who played in the NFL – Oliver Luck backed up Warren Moon with the Houston Oilers – but that’s not only the reason the younger Luck thrived.
Aside from growing up around the game, Luck pushed himself anyway he could to sharpen his mind and physical abilities.
“He read a ton of books — several at a time,” said Marshall Hughes, Luck’s former high school teammate and close friend.
Hughes remembers playing video games with his high school friends back in the day. Though Luck would hang out with the group, he would appear uncomfortable, according to Hughes.
“It was funny watching Andrew interact with us,” Hughes said. “Andrew probably wanted a book in his hand rather than a remote control to play video games.”
When his head wasn’t in a book, Luck transferred his attention to training with equal focus and energy.
“He was religious about his workouts,” Allen said.
During the offseason, Luck was known to lead his teammates in involuntary workouts. He’d look like the Pied Piper followed by several receivers working to refine Stratford’s passing game.
“Even at a young age, he quickly learned how to lead an offense,” Hughes said.
By the time Luck was a junior, coaches from top football schools like Alabama, LSU and Oregon began frequenting the football office. Rated the No. 4 quarterback in the Class of 2008 by Rivals.com, Luck prioritized academics as much as athletics when making his decision.
After Luck wrapped his senior year — he threw for 2,684 yards and 19 touchdowns — he shipped off to Stanford, where he earned a degree in architecture, started all 38 games he played in and threw for 82 touchdowns.
Luck was twice a Heisman Trophy finalist before getting drafted No. 1 overall by the Colts in 2012.
And his transition to the pros has been just like high school – nearly seamless.