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May 23, 2013

Colts Notebook: Luck enjoys first taste of OTAs

INDIANAPOLIS — Last year at this time, Andrew Luck was in class at Stanford finishing up his degree in architecture design. So he missed the 10 voluntary practices marked as “organized team activities” that allow the offense to go against the defense in shorts and helmets for often energetic scrimmages.

On Wednesday at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Luck reflected on his first three days of OTAs and said the experience is another that will help him improve for his second season as the Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback.

“I think it’s great to get out on the field with the defense and troubleshoot some stuff,” he said. “Obviously, I guess all of us haven’t run this offense, we ran so much stuff at Stanford. To get out there with the defense and to feel the offense, to troubleshoot some stuff is good. Just to be out on the field with the guys going against something other than air is fun.”

Reunited with his offensive coordinator at Stanford, Pep Hamilton, Luck looked sharp in the first full practice of the offseason open to the media.

He threw touchdown passes to tight end Dwyane Allen and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton on back-to-back plays during red-zone drills and later added a scoring strike to former Cardinal teammate Griff Whalen.

But the play of the day was a perfectly placed ball on a corner route that Hilton somehow managed to pull down while getting both feet inside the back of the end zone at full speed. The touchdown was one of the rare times Wednesday when the offense was able to get the best of free agent cornerback addition Greg Toler.

Expectations again are high for Luck after he set a rookie record with 4,374 passing yards. And, predictably, he’s already begun to impress.

“He just goes out and plays and doesn’t realize how young he is and just has had a nice camp,” quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen said. “Everything I said last year, he’s bright, he’s on it, he enjoys it. There’s a guy who loves football and couldn’t be around here a ton (in the offseason) so we’re pleased where he is.”

The Colts have three more days of OTAs next week and four the week following that.

Offseason work will conclude with a mandatory mini-camp June 11-13. The middle practice of that camp, on June 12, will be open to the public free of charge at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Luck said it’s important Indianapolis uses this time wisely to prepare for training camp beginning sometime in late July at Anderson University.

“I think the main goal is to go into training camp the best that we can be,” he said. “I know that’s quite vague and a bit of a cliché, but we just got finished with this OTA. We’ll focus on coming in tomorrow, getting some good work in and then the next OTA, which is next Tuesday. We’re not going to take these days for granted. We realize we only get so many of them. We’ll work hard. To put ourselves to go into training camp with a healthy, winning football team is what I think is the main goal.”

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