If you haven't read Pete Thamel's profile of Andrew Luck and his decision to return to the Farm in the New York Times, do yourself a favor and read it now. Then check out Thamel's lengthy Q&A with Luck, in which the two discuss life at Stanford, the importance of making workouts "suck more," Luck's collection of soccer jerseys, and the turnaround the Stanford quarterback has helped lead over the last three years.
Here's Luck describing a typical conversation with his freshman dormmates:
"I used to come back from the road. I was redshirting and I traveled. Kids would see me with my bags in the dorm and say, "Where were you?" I’d say, "Oh, we had a game this weekend." They’d say, "How’d you do?" "Oh, well, we lost." "Oh, when’s your next one?" "Well, we have one pretty much every weekend during the fall." They’d say, "O.K. Good luck." Now, that doesn’t happen. I don’t mean to pick on anyone, but football wasn’t a big deal. But now people are starting to recognize football players more."
The entire interview is worth your time.
In other Stanford news...
Former Stanford golf standout Zack Miller finished tied for ninth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Fellow PGA Tour rookie and former Stanford teammate Joseph Bramlett missed the cut on the final day after opening with a 3-under 69. | Mercury News
Jeremy Green finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but the Stanford men's basketball team lost to Washington, 87-76, in Seattle. | Stanford Daily
After having its 18-match home winning streak snapped Friday by UC-San Diego, the No. 4 Stanford men's volleyball team rebounded with a five-set victory against No. 8 UC-Irvine. | Stanford Daily
The Stanford softball team capped a 4-1 weekend at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic with a 10-2 win against Nevada. Teagan Gerhart, Jenna Rich, and Corey Hanewich all homered for the Cardinal. | GoStanford.com
The Stanford wrestling team upset No. 12 Arizona State, 28-11, on Senior Day at Burnham Pavilion. Senior Zack Giesen moved into a tie for fifth-place on the Stanford all-time wins list with his 102nd, a 10-3 decision at 197 pounds. | GoStanford.com