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Posted Sept. 14, 2010

Stanford vs. UCLA

Stanford
12 QB Andrew Luck
48 FB Owen Marecic


UCLA
10 OLB Akeem Ayers
3 FS Rahim Moore

Andrew Luck

1st - 14:53 - 5-step drop ... stares down receiver entire way ... poor footwork, left foot steps out which causes an errant throw that is too higher for 6'2 WR

1st - 14:48 - Seems to short arm throw ... releases ball to late causes low throw - incomplete

1st - 14:44 - Stares down receiver and DL anticipates ball, tips it

1st - 12:25 - Stares down receiver again, but reads defense well and throws an accurate ball to WR in flat ... understood the zone concept and got a first down

1st - 11:50 - Excellent play action on the fake toss ... Shows marginal yet adequate athleticism to get first down with legs

1st - 10:36 - Smart decision to keep football and run

1st - 9:38 - Nice job throwing on run - smooth ... throws accurate pass ... important to note this play doesn't "wow" me - his WR was fairly wide open and I don't see elite talent level yet

1st - 7:01 - Accurate pass on 3rd & 7 and shows solid arm strength ... very smooth

1st - 4:09 - Post corner route pass is floated too much - released ball too early ... poor touch on pass

1st - 1:50 - EXCELLENT FOOTBALL IQ here (2nd & G) ... sees that nobody is open, does a good job of staying in bounds and jumps to avoid going out of bounds - throws an incomplete ball at same time to avoid loss of yardage ... this play is a great example of instincts, "feel for the game" and football IQ

1st - 1:40 - Bad throw ... WR was open on slant, but ball was too high - this should be a throw on the waist ... I think this is correctable with experience

2nd - 13:41 - Nice job not throwing bad pass and goes through all progression ... nice checkdown to RB for big gain ... accurate ball and puts it in front of RB in stride

2nd - 8:14 - Terrible pass ... way too high for 6'6 TE

2nd - 7:01 - Very nice throw off balance, but incomplete (broken up by DB)

3rd - 9:34 - Inaccurate throw - too low ... shows just above average arm strength here on 12-yard comeback from far hash ("NFL throw")

3rd - 9:30 - Outstanding decision to run with ball ... great football IQ

3rd - 8:55 - Inaccurate throw on the run- too low

3rd - 8:15 - Floats deep ball AGAIN ... hangs it up there and safety breaks it up

3rd - 1:11 - Shows a lot of toughness in lowering shoulder to go for rushing TD

Summary: Luck is a smooth, efficient QB that plays like a first round pick (though I didn't see a top 10 talent on tape). He has adequate mobility and athleticism to gain yardage with his legs. However, I am concerned with his shaky passing accuracy and he floated deep balls twice on the only couple where I remember his receiver wasn't wide open. Will be interesting to see if he improves as a passer as the year goes on - and I DO NOT mean statistically - I mean on the tape.

Owen Marecic

1st - 11:50 - Good instincts - once he saw Luck wasn't throwing him the ball he immediately went to block adn took out FS to max yardage

1st - 10:22 - Nice, powerful lead block out of I-form on DE (LT blocks SAM)


Akeem Ayers

1st - 11:18 - Completely unblocked and gets TFL

1st - 10:22 - Outstanding job of taking on block ... simply lowers his shoulder and boulds over TE ... very nice feel for the game here (fun play to watch)

1st - 4:02 - Nice tackle on stretch run ... good job of diagnosing it

2nd - 8:45 - Nice job disengaging from FB to make tackle

2nd - 1:39 - Makes powerful hit ... Ayers definitely has some toughness and power to his game

3rd - 8:09 - Good motor making play from weakside - chasing down to hit ballcarrier ... Ayers seems to have intangibles of a football player ... not finesse or disinterested

4th - 11:32 - I LOVE how despite not being involved at all in a play on a sweep to opposite side of field, he hits #82 just because he feels like it and he is mad his team is down 28-0, but this wasn't unsportsmanlike conduct it was perfectly legal and he wasn't out of control ... Ayers really does have a killer instinct. I love his attitude - he's a competitor


Rahim Moore

2nd - 11:08 - Shows 4.4 speed on this FS blitz and hurries QB ... has been nearly invisible all game

2nd - 8:07 - Doesn't get deep enough in drop, and gets beat deep, takes poor angle to ball ... absolutely no excuses for a Cover 1 out of a "1st round free safety"

3rd - 2:05 - Nice job in run support, works through trash well here

3rd - 1:17 - Fails to break up pass when had opportunity






NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Entries:

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 9
Andrew Luck vs. Jake Locker - 11/4

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 7
Texas vs. Nebraska - 10/20

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 5
Alabama vs. Florida - 10/8
Miami vs. Clemson - 10/7
Jake Locker vs. USC - 10/6
Mikel Leshoure vs. Ohio State - 10/6

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 4
Oregon State vs. Boise State - 9/29
Notre Dame vs. Stanford - 9/28
Alabama vs. Arkansas - 9/27
Miami vs. Pittsburgh - 9/25

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 3
Iowa vs. Arizona - 9/23
Florida State vs. BYU - 9/22
Arizona State vs. Wisconsin - 9/22
Washington vs. Nebraska - 9/21
Stanford vs. Wake Forest - 9/21
Arkansas vs. Georgia - 9/20
California vs. Nevada - 9/18

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 2
Iowa vs. Iowa State - 9/18
Alabama vs. Penn State - 9/16
Stanford vs. UCLA - 9/14
Washington vs. Syracuse - 9/14
Ohio State vs. Miami - 9/14
Auburn vs. Mississippi State - 9/11
Temple vs. Central Michigan - 9/11

NFL Draft: Scout's Notebook Week 1
Lawrence Guy vs. Portland State - 9/10
Jake Locker vs. BYU - 9/9
LSU vs. North Carolina - 9/9
Ohio State vs. Marshall - 9/7
Oregon State vs. TCU - 9/6
Adrian Clayborn vs. Eastern Illinois - 9/6
Florida State vs. Samford - 9/6
USC vs. Hawaii - 9/5
Pittsburgh vs. Utah - 9/5
Ryan Mallett vs. East Carolina - 7/23
Andrew Luck vs. Notre Dame - 7/22
2010 National Championship - 7/18
Arkansas vs. LSU - 7/18
Penn State vs. LSU - 7/18
Matt Reynolds vs. Oklahoma - 7/18
Nebraska vs. Texas - 7/18
Penn State vs. Michigan State - 7/18
Texas vs. Oklahoma - 7/18
Oklahoma vs. BYU - 7/18
Wisconsin - 7/18
Ohio State vs. Oregon - 7/18
Wisconsin vs. Purdue - 7/18
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