Heisman Trophy Finalists 2011: Andrew Luck's Year-Long March To New York

PALO ALTO CA - SEPTEMBER 04: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after they scored a touchdown against the Sacramento State Hornets at Stanford Stadium on September 4 2010 in Palo Alto California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Andrew Luck may not have put up the gaudiest passing numbers, but his season is a testament to his sustained excellence.

If the Heisman were based simply on numbers, finalist Andrew Luck might not have much of a chance. Sure, he's fifth in the nation in quarterback rating (167.5) and fifth in touchdown passes (36), but those don't really do him justice. In fact, his overall numbers are slightly down from 2010, when he really burst onto the scene.

But Luck's total numbers were somewhat diminished by the fact that he played on such a good team that was very well balanced. As a result, he didn't really have one game that forced voters to take notice. Luck only threw for as many as 350 yards once and never even came all that close to eclipsing 400 yards. He threw four touchdowns in a game three times, but never more than that.

Luck's 2011 was one of simple sustained excellence. Luck threw at least two touchdowns in every game he played and only threw two interceptions in a game once, during Stanford's only loss of the season. His quarterback rating was never lower than 132.7 in any one game.

The other four finalists for the 2011 Heisman Trophy were Baylor's Robert Griffin III, LSU's Tyrann Mathieu, Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Alabama's Trent Richardson.

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