Andrew Luck runs like a linebacker

October, 4, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck runs with the aggression of a middle linebacker chasing down a running back when he tucks the ball and takes off downfield.

And at a time when talk centers around mobile quarterbacks like Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor, San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Sunday’s opposing quarterback, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Luck could easily be mentioned in the same breath as those players when it comes to mobility.

Or maybe not.

Luck has rushed for only 5 fewer yards than Wilson on 11 fewer carries this season.

But that’s not what the Colts want from Luck, who is still trying to master the art of sliding when he takes off running. Coach Chuck Pagano’s heart is racing when his franchise player is on the run.

“He understands he can’t play the game like a linebacker,” Pagano said. “Maybe a few years ago he could, but certainly not now. There’s too much at stake. He knows that.

“He needs to get the cobwebs knocked out or whatever. I told [quarterbacks coach] Clyde [Christensen] to slap him in the face or get somebody else to butt heads [with him] on the sideline. He knows what he has to do to stay healthy.”

Luck is second on the team in rushing with 126 yards on just 16 carries this season. You could call him the team’s leading rusher, since the real rushing leader -- Ahmad Bradshaw -- could be out awhile.

The Colts need Luck to remain healthy, but the second-year quarterback also doesn’t mind getting hit.

“I think there’s a little part of most football players who enjoy the aspect of getting hit,” he said, laughing. “I know in games, sometimes it’s good to get that first hit and say, ‘OK, now you’re in a football game.’ After that, no.”

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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