ANDERSON, Ind. — Pep Hamilton shared the story with a grin that suggested he wasn't sure he should be telling it.
The Indianapolis Colts open the preseason Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at Lucas Oil Stadium, and someone in the white media tent Friday morning asked the new offensive coordinator whether he's the type of coach who wants to see his quarterback "get jostled around" a bit to help settle into the season.
Hamilton laughed knowingly and began a story from his days at Stanford with Andrew Luck.
"It's funny that you say that, though, because when Andrew was in college, when I would approach him and ask him a couple days prior to the game, 'Hey give me an idea of what plays you'd like to start with,' and he would always say, 'Hey, early on I want to get hit to knock the butterflies out,'" he said. "He would actually do more of the hitting, should I say, if we ran a sprint out or a roll out. You could count on him not throwing the football and just tucking it and trying to run over a defensive back or a linebacker. By no means do we employ that strategy at this level."
The story drew laughter from the assembled media, but it's not hard to imagine. Especially for anyone who has watched any of Luck's highlight clips on You Tube.
The quarterback is notoriously unafraid of contact. He made a tackle against a Southern California defender following an offensive turnover that was so violent it knocked the football free from the runner's grasp.
One of last season's most indelible moments was Luck shrugging off Green Bay outside linebacker Clay Matthews on a third-down blitz, resetting himself and firing to wide receiver Reggie Wayne for a key first down during a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.