Andrew Luck didn't just set an NFL rookie passing record with that 433-yard day against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
He also set a personal high for his post-prep career, which spans 39 games at Stanford over the past three years, plus these first eight games for the Colts.
Luck's highest passing total at Stanford came on Oct. 17, 2009 at Arizona, when the freshman threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns but lost a shooting with Nick Foles, 43-38.
Foles, now a backup for the Eagles, threw for 415 yards and three touchdowns in that one.
Luck had nine games of 300-plus yards in his three seasons at Stanford, but that was his only 400-yard effort. His second-best game came last year against Colorado, whom he shredded for 370 yards.
Sunday's game against the Dolphins was Luck's fourth game of 300-plus passing yards in the pros. He may have thrown for more than 433 yards in a game while at Houston's Stratford High School, but I haven't been able to substantiate that yet.
Former Stanford teammate Jonathan Martin, now starting at right tackle for the Dolphins, has seen it all before.
"Luck had a heck of a game," Marint said. "He’s a heck of a player. He’s doing a great job with the execution on offense. I think it’s on us as an offense to try to keep him off the field. We didn’t do a good job of that."
Ryan Tannehill threw for 290 yards and a touchdown, but he wasn't able to keep pace with Luck. Though hit six times and sacked once, Luck regularly extended plays with his footwork and toughness in the pocket.
"He’s got great pocket presence," Martin said. "It’s like he has a sixth sense to know where the rushers are. He does a good job standing in there, making completions to his checkdown guys."
I asked Martin if Dolphins defensive players or staff had come to him during the week for thoughts on how to slow down the player whose blind side he protected the last two years.
"Not really," Martin said. "The film speaks for itself."
Does it ever.
And perhaps never so eloquently or forcefully as it did on Sunday.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times