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Andrew Luck Sweepstakes: Stanford QB Reportedly Focusing On 2012 NFL Draft

Last year around this time, there was major hope among the worst NFL teams that Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck would declare as a sophomore to enter the 2011 NFL Draft. Those hopes were dashed early when Luck decided to return for his junior season and try and lead Stanford to another great season while concurrently earning his degree.

It doesn't look like those hopes will be dashed this time. Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports filed this report.

Two people close to Luck said the Stanford quarterback is not expected to take classes next quarter. Instead, Luck is expected to declare and focus on preparing for the 2012 NFL draft, in which he is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick.

That move counters speculation by some that Luck would possibly return to Stanford for another season or at least threaten to manipulate who will take him in the NFL draft. Luck is a senior, but redshirted as a freshman in 2008, giving him the option to play one more season.

It makes sense that Luck would leave now. Other than not being able to beat the Oregon Ducks, Luck has proven all that he can in college, and Stanford has probably peaked with the talent they have. He has his degree, which was one of the main reasons he decided to come back.  There's very little incentive for him to return, and a high downside if he returns and underachieve. Best for him to sell high and get going on to the next level.

To discuss Stanford football and the potential of this being Luck's final season, go to Rule of Tree. To discuss Luck's position in the 2012 NFL Draft, head to Mocking the Draft.