Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck is held in high regard by the Ravens.
Heading into Sunday's AFC wild-card playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium, Luck has passed for 4,374 yards, 23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions for a 76.5 quarterback rating. The top overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft, Luck has also rushed for five touchdowns and 255 yards.
"I've seen him a couple of times on television, and he looks poised," Ravens cornerback Cary Williams said. "He looks like a great leader. He's a young guy who's able to make big throws down the field. He's strong in the pocket. He's not afraid to run at times if needed to. They're rallying around him. They believe in him."
With Luck under center, the Colts engineered the third-best turnaround in NFL history by going 11-5 after a 2-14 season the previous year that earned them the right to select the son of former Houston Oilers quarterback Oliver Luck.
"He's a good quarterback," Ravens defensive lineman Terrence Cody said. "He makes good decisions. He doesn't really turn the ball over. He knows how to control the game. That's what makes him a good quarterback and hopefully when they come into our house we can change that success."
Luck has a strong arm, is mobile and extremely intelligent.
The former Stanford star plays the game at a high level. He has grasped the intricacies of Bruce Arians' playbook.
"He is a winner, first of all," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "His stats are phenomenal. You can tell he is very smart. He takes a number of play options to the line as a rookie, which he did at Stanford as well. He’s a Stanford guy, 4.0."
Luck played collegiately for Harbaugh's younger brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
Might Jim Harbaugh give his brother an advance scouting report on Luck?
"I hope he would share some stuff with me," John Harbaugh said with a laugh. "What are you going to get? You can see it on tape. He’s a tremendous quarterback. He’s got pluses, and he has things that aren’t so plus. So, it’s like any quarterback. We’ll be looking forward to playing against him.”
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