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Stanford, Shaw stumping for Luck to win Heisman

By Antonio Gonzalez

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 29 2011 2:20 p.m. MST

FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2011, file photo, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck (12) looks to pass against Oregon during an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif. Luck was named on Monday, Nov. 28, as the Pac-12's offensive player of the year.

Paul Sakuma, File, Associated Press

STANFORD, Calif. — David Shaw is doing all he can to stump for Andrew Luck to win the Heisman Trophy.

The first-year Stanford coach delivered a visual presentation to reporters Tuesday showcasing Luck's talents and unique play-calling abilities. Photos of the bronze statue and Luck giving a Notre Dame defender the stiff arm — mimicking the Heisman pose — provided the backdrop to Shaw's speech.

While Luck is unanimously projected as the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL draft, winning college football's most prestigious honor is far less certain. Luck has lifted No. 4 Stanford (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) to consecutive 11-win seasons for the first time and owns every major school passing record.

Shaw also held a national teleconference with reporters, asking voters to look beyond statistics and study Luck's rare responsibilities.

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