Former Stanford Cardinal QB Andrew Luck being mentored by George Whitfield
Former Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, who is projected to be the the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, has been training with quarterback trainer George Whitfield, according to ESPN.
George Whitfield worked with former Heisman Trophy winner and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft.
Whitfield said Tuesday he had three sessions with Luck in Los Angeles leading into the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.
He also said he’ll move to Palo Alto, Calif., to work with Luck for three more weeks before his pro day on March 22.
"There are things he wants to work on, but this is refinement not an installation or a surgery,” Whitfield said. It’s about getting reps and he’s really a marvel to watch. Very sound. Very consistent. Physically impressive. A power guy. A strong guy which people underestimate. One thing we’ve been doing is working the throws out on the perimeter — those throws outside the hash marks. -George Whitfield"
George Whitfield has also worked out with quarterbacks such as San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, who sought him out after his NFL Mandated four game suspension in the beginning of the 2010 NFL season.
According to ESPN Chris Mortenson, former NFL quarterback Warren Moon plans to jump in with Andrew Luck to help with minor tuning before his March 22 Pro Day. Warren believes Andrew Luck can improve on his velocity.
Warren Moon played in 19 NFL seasons with the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs.
During his NFL career Moon completed 3,988 of 6,823 passes for 49,325 yards, 291 touchdowns and 233 interceptions. His nine 3,000-yard passing seasons was third in league history.
Warren Moon was named to nine Pro Bowls in his career. He is arguably one among the top 10 quarterbacks in NFL history. The Tennessee Titans retired his jersey (#1), he was one of six players to have his number retired by the Titans.
Moon was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Luck is declared by scouts as being the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning, who came out of the University of Tennessee.
In Luck’s 2011 season at Stanford he threw for 3,517 yards, 37 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 71.3 completion percentage and two rushing touchdowns.
The former Stanford Cardinal returned for his senior season after finishing second in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 2010 despite head coach Jim Harbaugh leaving to coach in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers.
He was projected to be the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Andrew Luck is a two time Heisman Trophy runner-up (2011, 2010). In 2011, Luck won awards such as the Maxwell Award as Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and the Academic All-America of the Year award, which is given to outstanding student athletes.
Quarterbacks like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Tim Tebow have also won this award.
Luck holds numerous Stanford and Pac-10/12 single season and career records.
Andrew Luck is 6’4 and weighs 235 with solid mechanics, he will fit in right in a pro system and more than likely become a star right away in the NFL.
Andrew Luck has been instructed by the Indianapolis Colts, who is expected to choose him No. 1 overall with the first pick in the draft, to not throw at the NFL combine, but he may throw at his Pro Day. Luck is expected to participate in all other workouts however.
Quarterbacks and wide receivers are scheduled to work out on Sunday, February 26th at the NFL Scouting Combine.
He will have tough shoes to fill should Peyton Manning not return to Indianapolis.
The Colts, should they choose, can sign Luck (or any other draft-eligible player) as early as Friday, February 24th.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT (CBS Sports) that after a pair of coin flips locks in the draft order, Indianapolis can ink Luck to a contract. This rule only applies to those who have the first overall pick in the draft.
The 2012 NFL Draft takes place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on April 26th through April 28th.