Colts new QB Andrew Luck ready to put on pads for first time

By Michael Marot

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, July 31 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck throws during practice at the NFL team's football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Monday, July 30, 2012.

Michael Conroy, Associated Press

ANDERSON, Ind. — Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is ready to take the next step in his transition from college star to NFL franchise quarterback.

And his new teammates can't wait to grade it.

The No. 1 overall draft pick who has wowed coaches and teammates during the first two days of training camp practice will dress in full pads for the first time Wednesday afternoon.

Some defensive players expect this year's practices to be more intense and that they hope to break in the rookie with some interceptions.

But Luck doesn't have to worry about getting hit. He'll be dressed in a red No. 12 jersey, telling players it's hands off — something linebacker Robert Mathis says is necessary to keep Luck healthy for the regular season.

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