Lebanon Reporter

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January 2, 2014

Luck evolves into more complete QB in Year 2

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck learned some tough lessons as an NFL rookie.

Now he’s using that knowledge to his advantage.

Rather than spend the offseason finishing classes, Luck broke down last season’s tapes and figured out what to improve. The Colts’ franchise quarterback used those hours of study to become more efficient on the field and develop a more seasoned perspective about playoff football.“Having that experience is always helpful,” Luck said when asked what’s different between this week’s postseason preparation and last year’s. “I feel more comfortable this year as a football player in this league because of that experience.”There’s no doubt the 24-year-old wonder kid has grown up in two NFL seasons.

After hearing many experts tab him as the most polished college quarterback since Peyton Manning and the best Stanford prospect since John Elway, he stepped into the most challenging circumstance imaginable — replacing Manning.

Luck has made it look easy.

Even with the constant comparisons to Manning, Luck managed to break NFL rookie records for yards passing (4,374), attempts (627), 300-yard games (six) and tied the league’s single-season mark with seven game-deciding drives in the fourth quarter or overtime. He engineered a nine-win improvement, from 2-14 to 11-5, tied for the third-greatest turnaround in league history.

Most importantly, he took the Colts to the playoffs — something even Manning didn’t do until his second season in Indy.

This year, with a new but familiar offensive coordinator in Pep Hamilton, Luck improved.

Despite throwing almost 60 fewer passes (570), Luck still had 3,822 yards and matched last season’s TD total (23). He completed 60.2 percent of his throws, compared with 54.1 percent in 2012, cut the interceptions in half (nine) and increased his quarterback rating from 76.5 to 87.0. He matched Indy’s 11-win total against a tougher schedule and won his first division title, setting up Saturday’s playoff game against Kansas City (11-5).A lot has changed in a year.

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