For the Heisman Trophy runner-up team the Stanford Cardinal, the offseason didn’t change much.
On Saturday, in Stanford’s annual spring game, Quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 165 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Cardinal to a 42-3 rout of the White.
Luck said that there was a lot of points on the board, so he guessed it worked out.
David Shaw was impressed by Luck as he wound up a touchdown in all four of his drives.
Since Jim Harbaugh left to coach the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, this spring has been a transition for both of them. Under the new coach-quarterback duo, this game was the first chance to see what the Cardinal offense would look like.
On all four of his possessions Luck led the Cardinal to TD drives, and he finished 16 for 22 passing. Zach Ertz, who caught all three touchdown passes and finished with 64 yards receiving, he also found a new favorite target in tight end.
Luck said that seeing where this team’s going to go, he thought that a little bit of it was feeling each other out. He further added that for this offseason, for this summer, for training camp, the spring provides a good base of something to work on. Guys realize it’s going to take a lot more work to be a good team and they are starting to step up.
Several starters are back from a 12-1 team that finished fourth in the final AP poll and Luck returns at quarterback after putting off being the NFL draft’s likely No. 1 pick, since the unbeaten 1940 team finished second, the school’s best ranking.