Luck voted top QB, Heisman finalist

Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck hands the ball off to running back Stephan Taylor...

Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck hands the ball off to running back Stephan Taylor during a game against University of Oregon in Palo Alto, Calif., Nov. 12, 2011. (BECK DIEFENBACH/Reuters)

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It pays to stay in school.

In Andrew Luck's case, another year in the classroom didn't give him a chance to play for the national title, but it did earn him an award as the nation's top collegiate quarterback as well as another shot at the Heisman Trophy.

The Stanford quarterback was named a finalist Monday for the Heisman for the second year in a row.

Also nominated were Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, running backs Trent Richardson of Alabama and Montee Ball of Wisconsin, and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.

Luck finished second to Auburn's Cam Newton in last year's Heisman voting and could have been the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft had he not elected to remain in school for his senior season.

Also Monday, Luck won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation's top quarterback. He passed for 3,170 yards and 35 touchdowns this season for No. 4 Stanford (11-1), which suffered its only loss Nov. 12 to Oregon and will play third-ranked Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.


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