David Shaw Makes Heisman Video Presentation For Andrew Luck

It’s not every day that you see a head coach go to the mat to the extent that Stanford’s David Shaw did on Andrew Luck’s behalf in the video below.

There have been a lot of creative Heisman promotions over the years, but this might be one of the most intellectually effective I’ve seen. The most telling aspect of this presentation, in my mind, is that it shows a tremendous lack of ego on Shaw’s part. Most coaches are egomaniacal control freaks who are normally reluctant to share this much credit to any one player. But Shaw pretty much says here that Luck called 90 percent of Stanford’s plays this year. He was literally an offensive coordinator on the field.

I wish the other coaches involved in the race took the time to give the same kind of insight. To me, this elevates the Heisman discussion quite a bit. I’d love to see Nick Saban break down what makes Trent Richardson so special, or see what Art Briles has to say about Robert Griffin III.

The video is a bit long and I probably would’ve condensed it a bit, but it’s interesting and gives a rare insight into how a pro-style offense works. People always complain that the Heisman is based on fluff…well, this is the opposite of fluff.

Will it convince Heisman voters? Because it gets away from the mundane stat crunching of most campaigns, I think it’s quite effective. It sells one theme: That Andrew Luck is doing something no other player is doing…and doing it very well.

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5 Responses to David Shaw Makes Heisman Video Presentation For Andrew Luck

  1. Chris November 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Couldn’t be happier to see this. It just seems like people who don’t watch Andrew Luck and Stanford every Saturday don’t understand the complexity of what he does.

  2. DJ November 30, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    I love the comparison to Woodson and doing something that hasn’t been seen before. Luck isn’t a two-way player in that respect, but essentially he was both QB and offensive coordinator, with the ability to make adjustments after the defense shows its hand.

    More than any other player, he should get credit for the output of the entire offense. If you want to look at stats, look at Stanford’s overall offensive production. Sometimes the best play Luck made was in handing the ball off — not because that’s technically hard, but because he recognized that a certain running play would work best in that situation. On top of that, when he does call a passing play he is outstanding in finding the secondary receivers if the primary option isn’t covered.

    Combine that with his skills — who is a more outstanding player in college football?

  3. Andoni Luzuriaga November 30, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    I truly hope Heisman voters watch this video. This spells it all out, and very objectively. NOONE does what Andrew Luck does, let alone doing it exceptionally well. None of the other Heisman candidates can boast a skill set like Luck’s. None of the other Heisman candidates influence their respectful team’s chances to win they way Luck does, noone has even close to the amount of responsibility as Luck does.

  4. scr21 November 30, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Shaw absolutely nails it. This guy does so much for his team than any other player in the nation. You take Luck off of Stanford, and they are a 6-6 team, at best. You take Richardson off of bama, and they are probably still 11-1, 10-2 at worst. Luck is not on the most outstanding player in college football, but he is also the most outstanding student athlete out of any of the candidates. Anybody who doesnt vote this guy #1 is not paying attention.

  5. RC November 30, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    You cannot deny Coach Shaw’s knowledge of football with 9 years of experience at the ultimate level in the NFL. You cannot deny Coach Shaw’s ability to evaluate a QB’s ability. Based on Shaw’s comments, no other candidate for this year’s Heisman have been asked to shoulder as much of the offensive flow as Luck. Without his ability to understand the entire offensive scheme and change it based on the defense presented for each down, Stanford would not have had the success of another 11-1 season. It’s over people, Andrew Luck has simply done what NO other college football player in America is required or qualified to do. It’s not about his stats alone – which are Heisman worthy – it’s about scheming the entire offense for the greatest possible outcome. One loss to a great Oregon team ranked 7th at the time is the only blemish to an otherwise remarkable season. All other candidates have one or more losses as well.

    Andrew Luck is well deserving of this year’s Heisman. The Heisman Trust will have one of the best diplomats the award has ever had should he receive it.