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Luck praises Stanford buds Sherman and Baldwin

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck knows a thing or two about a couple of starters from the Seattle Seahawks. Receiver Doug Baldwin and cornerback Richard Sherman were his teammates at Stanford.

Baldwin is jokingly referred to an “Angry Doug” by his Seattle teammates because of his feeling that he doesn’t get enough respect. No one had to tell that to Luck.

“Doug plays with two chips on his shoulders,” Luck said. “But I always admired his work ethic and his football smarts.”

Luck spoke about both his former teammates during a conference call Wednesday with Seahawks reporters. The Seahawks play the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Luck worked directly with both players because Sherman was a wide receiver his first two years at Stanford before moving to cornerback. Luck chuckled and described Sherman as "vociferous.”

"He was loud, but Sherm was a great teammate in the locker room,” Luck said. “When he was still on offense and I was a freshman, he was so fast that you didn’t want him to outrun your arm and make you look like a bad quarterback.”

Now Luck will try to throw past the man he once feared would make him look bad, something Sherman did last weekend to Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub with a 58-yard interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Luck isn’t the least bit surprised at how Sherman has developed into one of the NFL’s best corners.

“When he went to defense [at Stanford], how quickly he assimilated was very impressive,” Luck said. “I always knew he was a great athlete. I think we all knew that with time he would keep getting better and better.

“He’s got such a high football acumen and IQ, and I think playing offense helped him in that whole transition. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet. I know he tirelessly works to get better at his craft.”

Luck said the same thing about Baldwin.

“Doug played offense when Sherm switched to defense those last couple of years,” Luck said. “I remember Doug’s last year at Stanford really developing a good rapport with him. I was feeling comfortable enough with Doug to just throw balls up there and say, ‘Doug, go make a play.’ He has a phenomenal senior year, and it was fun to be a small part of that."