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Pro Sports

September 12, 2013

Luck, Tannehill are brothers in arms

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Tannehill began his college career as a wide receiver at Texas A&M, though he never stopped attending quarterback meetings.

His Miami Dolphins use elements of the read-option schemes that are all the rage in the NFL, though Tannehill rarely will keep the football and run himself.

He's an athletic quarterback who still is at his best in the pocket and a No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 draft who still doesn't get a ton of recognition outside of his home market.

It's fair to say Tannehill resists categorization.

"I don't really look to label myself at all," he said Wednesday during a conference call at the Indianapolis Colts training facility. "My first instinct is not to run, for sure. I want to get the ball out downfield, go through my progressions, have great pocket presence, be able to move around, stand in there and make a tough throw with pressure in my face. But I also think I have the athleticism to get out when I need to, to be able to move the pocket and to move the chains with my feet."

If that answer sounds a lot like the Colts' own second-year quarterback, Andrew Luck, that's no coincidence.

Tannehill did not enter the league with the same level of polish as his draft class' No. 1 pick — he made just 20 career starts for the Aggies — but the two share several similarities.

Both are athletic enough to make plays with their feet but prefer to win with their arms. Both are currently playing in the pros with an offensive coordinator who coached them in college — Tannehill with Mike Sherman in Miami and Luck with Pep Hamilton in Indianapolis — and both are products of the prolific Texas high school football factory.

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