3:07 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - Every morning he woke up under the California sun, his current ailment was staring him right in the face.
Call it an advanced case of "Senioritis."
It was a labor of education that got in th
“I’d wake up and have a serious lack of motivation to go to class," said Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who decided to finish his degree in Architecture at Stanford before coming to Indianapolis.
It was a labor of education instead of love. You see the Colts nabbed Luck with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft on April 26th. Since he was returning to Palo Alto to finish his degree, the only time he was allowed to work with the franchise was during the three-day rookie camp in May.
So that meant no Luck for a number of OTA's since the draft, turning the mandatory mini-camp into a refresher course for the devoted student.
"Your in a spot where you don't want to press or over press or burn out on anything, then again you have to play catch-up a little bit and make sure you get those reps before training camp starts," said Luck of getting up to speed with the Colts offense. "It will be an interesting process getting to that point."
It already has been so far. Per NFL rules the Colts were not allowed to a lot of contact with Luck while he was back at Stanford-and nothing to do with the "X's and O's" of the Colts playbook.
"I could call and check on him to make sure his health was good and his classes were going well, those types of things. But from a football standpoint, what he took back with him is what he studied," said head coach Chuck Pagano of his contact with Luck. "That is the way we went about things.”
Still the quarterback felt like he made significant progress in the little time he spent learning the playbook back in May during the rookie workouts.
"Had a good opportunity at the rookie mini-camp to divulge a lot of information so that was nice. Like I said earlier, I sort of split my days in half with football in the morning and then school in the afternoon.
"I had a fair amount of work to do over the past couple of weeks."
Already, however, it seems that Luck has.
“Like we have said all along, he is off the charts as far as football IQ," said Pagano of Luck. "Coming back out here on Monday, we had a little session with the rookies, which is legal under the guidelines of the new CBA.
"He has not missed a beat.”
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