The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Pro Sports

July 27, 2013

Luck embraces old-school attack

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ANDERSON, Ind. — And when it comes to football, Luck has excelled at every level.

He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl coming out of Houston's Stratford High School and was a two-time Heisman runner-up at Stanford. In his rookie season in the NFL, he set a record with 4,734 passing yards.

That's not to say Luck didn't have his struggles in 2012. He threw 18 interceptions and completed just 54.1 percent of his passes. Those numbers could improve in Hamilton's system and with a year of experience under his belt.

"I've always thought that kids make their biggest jump in their second and third year," quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen said. "If they were a stock, that's the biggest percentage rise that they make — two and three. Then it slows down. Reggie Wayne is not going to make a 25 percent increase this year. But the Andrew Lucks and the young guys like him can. They really can make a big jump because they know what to expect."

It's easy to forget, for all the ways in which he seems so much older, that Luck still is a 23-year-old in many ways.

He's just finding his way in his young career. He's still a shadow of the player he one day will be. And he can still be a wide-eyed kid who's just happy to play a game for a living.

"I love camp," Luck said. "Last night, going to bed, it's like you're a little kid before your first day of school. You're nervous. You don't know what to expect. It's a nice way to sort of forget about the world and focus on football. It's simple in that way, and I enjoy it. It's fun."

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