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Carolina RB Tyrell Sutton Does Not Want to Hear About Andrew Luck Anymore

The Carolina Panthers are 1-11 and easily one of the worst teams in football. As such, they’re likely to receive a high selection in the first round of the NFL draft after the season, which is about all the fans have to remain optimistic. Because Carolina has had such poor quarterback play, many fans are hoping the team will choose a quarterback in the first round.

The top names often mentioned are Andrew Luck and Ryan Mallett, both of whom are quarterbacking teams to BCS bowl games. While the fans enjoy talking about next season, the current players don’t. Take for instance running back Tyrell Sutton who tweeted Sunday evening after the team’s loss to the Seahawks “Seriously…Stop mentioning Andrew luck to me.”

There is a delicate balance there; this season is over for the fans so they have to think about next year, while the current players are continually proving their individual worth and trying to win. Not only are the interests of the players and fans divergent in this regard, but what makes the situation more complicated is one man: The Jimmy.

The Panthers spent a second round pick on former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, a player who many people felt had first-round talent. Clausen has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the league this year, but he’s also a rookie. Still, being a rookie hasn’t stopped Sam Bradford from looking great despite having little talent surrounding him, so Panthers fans have a legitimate concern: is Jimmy their man? In fact, I was just asked that very question on Sunday — should the Panthers take a quarterback with their likely top three pick, or stay invested with Clausen? I would go with Luck (if he comes out) or Mallett if I were them. They need a quarterback and I like those two much more than Jimmy. If you don’t have good quarterback play, you can’t win consistently. Sorry Tyrell, get used to the lucky charm.

Andrew Luck Outshined Jake Locker

There was a time not long ago when a game between Stanford and Washington would have made Mel Kiper cream his pants. Months later, we’re finding out that the matchup is not as exciting as it initially was believed to be, and that there’s a new headliner. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has taken over the title of best quarterback in the Pac-10 while Jake Locker has fallen off in most people’s minds. Actually, one could easily make the argument that Matt Barkley and Darron Thomas have moved ahead of Locker in the conference’s hierarchy.

Stanford routed Washington 41-0 on Saturday in Seattle to improve to 7-1. It was Stanford’s second shutout of the year and Washington’s worst offensive output of the season (though they’ve scored fewer than 20 points three other times in the season). Sophomore quarterback Andrew Luck ran for a 51-yard score and threw for another, going 19-26 for 192 yards a touchdown, and an interception. He also had 92 yards on the ground, proving he’s an extremely capable running quarterback.

Washington on the other hand managed just 107 yards and seven first downs the entire game. They only had 54 yards through the first three quarters and they pulled Locker late in the game for backup Keith Price. Locker was pressured the entire game and went just 7-14 for 64 yards and two interceptions. He also amassed just one rushing yard on eight carries, getting sacked three times. Though Locker has put up some really nice games (see his four touchdown performance against Syracuse and his five TD performance against Oregon State), the loss was reminiscent of Jake’s stinker against Nebraska. Locker was just 4-20 for a touchdown and two interceptions against the Huskers in a September loss.

Locker’s a talented player and the quality of his teammates and coaching staff is not as good as Stanford’s (or many other teams in the conference). Still, Locker has been inconsistent and looked extremely ordinary in many games this year, especially for a player thought to be a potential number one pick.

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Andrew Luck Delivers the Hit of the Year on Shareece Wright (Video)

Stanford knocked off USC 37-35 on Saturday night in an extremely close game. Neither team seemed to be able to stop the other and they each rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense. Both quarterbacks were stellar, throwing for three touchdowns and no picks. The only turnovers were fumbles, and two of them occurred on the same play.

Sophomore Andrew Luck is considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He can throw, he can run, and now we also know he can hit. USC cornerback Shareece Wright recovered a fumble by Stepfan Taylor late in the second quarter, but Luck absolutely leveled him. Check out this Andrew Luck hit video to see how tough the kid is:

Usually it’s the quarterbacks getting hit like that on turnovers. For Stanford, it’s Luck who’s doing the damage. Man, he hit Wright so hard I felt it.