I was just curious so I decided to check something out. 3 years ago, all the buzz about Harbaugh and Stanford was about the Run game and Toby Gerhart. There was very little buzz about a big QB named Andrew Luck. It kinda reminded me of the current 49ers with that dominant ground game and how Alex Smith is being "protected".
I just decided to look the stats up and see what they said....
Andrew Luck: 288 Att, 162 Comp, 2575 yards, 56.3 Comp%, 13 TDs, 4 INTs, QB Rating 95.47*
*(I used the NFL Rating system for comparison purposes. His College QB Rating is actually 143.5 because its calculated differently).
Now Alex THIS year through only 7 games.
Alex Smith: 182 Att, 115 Comp, 1267 yards, 63.2 Comp%, 9 TDs, 2 INTs, QB Rating 95.7
So thats 95.47 compared to 95.7. Interesting.
Now, to be clear...I'm not saying that Alex Smith is Andrew Luck. I just thought it was interesting.
Harbaugh "protected" Luck just the same way he is protecting Smith...and Kaepernick for that matter (Luck was redshirted as a freshman). The Stanford offense was (and still is to some extent) about a STRONG running game. Gerhart was one of the best RBs in the nation in that O and Gore is doing something very similar right now.
[ Edited by Marvin49 on Nov 3, 2011 at 4:57 PM ]