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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Huard tackles the Manning-Luck debate

By Kevin Gemmell

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- If anyone can offer an educated insight into Andrew Luck and how he compares to NFL great Peyton Manning, it's ESPN Insider Brock Huard, a former teammate of Manning's and now an ESPN college football analyst who has called some Stanford games the past couple of years.

Huard tackles why Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is similar -- and in some cases, better -- than Manning was during his formative college years.

Writes Huard:
In the 14 years since Peyton Manning made his mark in Knoxville for the Tennessee Volunteers, I have not seen a college quarterback measure up to Peyton's standards and skill set -- until now. Stanford Cardinal QB Andrew Luck has the same prototypical size, the same durable build and the same refined, over-the-top delivery that equal Peyton's as a draft-day prospect.

We've heard lots of people say that Luck is the best quarterback prospect since Manning. But Huard does a good job backing up that statement.

Luck and the No. 6 Cardinal (3-0, 0-0) are coming off a bye week and host UCLA on Saturday. Through the first three games this season, Luck has completed 57-of-85 passes for 786 yards and eight touchdowns. Depending on which poll you believe, he's also Heisman frontrunner.