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No Luck required: Colts rookie QB shines in opener

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No Luck required: Colts rookie QB shines in opener

It almost seems hard to believe considering the mushy love affair going on in the DMV regarding a certain rookie quarterback, but there was a time when seemingly every Redskins fan wanted the team to "Suck for Luck", as in then Stanford star Andrew Luck. Lose enough games, get the signal caller some consider the best passing prospect since Peyton Manning or John Elway.We all know that didn't happen - and nobody from Annapolis to Anacostia to Ashburn seems upset with "settling" for Bob Griffin. That doesn't mean local folks aren't paying attention - or making comparisons -to the "other" first-year passer, the only player drafted ahead of RG3s. Certainly the NFL scribes noticed, excitedly so, after Luck, starter for the Indianapolis Coltsdirected touchdown drives on three of four possessions he presided over in his preseason debut on Sunday. Historians will note hisfirst professional play was a 63-yard touchdown pass to running back Donald Brown. Luck finished 10 of 16 for 188 yards and two touchdown throws. Yeah,the "other"QBdid stuff."Andrew Luck opens career in brilliant fashion", screamed a SI.com headline. The hometown Indianapolis Star went with "Andrew Luck passes first test, wows in professional debut as Colts roll." Peter King's latest MMQB column for SI.comleads off with a recap of the rookie quarterbacks. RG3 is mentioned, but this was Luck's spotlight.Luck was eerily terrific Sunday afternoon before a crazed crowd in Indy. Just as Peyton Manning had thrown a touchdown pass on his first preseason pass as a rookie 14 years ago, so did Luck, on a short pass and long run by Donald Brown against St. Louis. I remember sitting with Luck at the Scouting Combine in the hotel room of his agent, which overlooked Lucas Oil Stadium. Just as nothing seemed too big for Luck at Stanford, or at the Combine, or early in camp for the Colts, Sunday's contest looked like just another game of football for 25 minutes of the first half. Four possessions, three touchdown drives."Let's not get too excited about anything,'' Luck said afterward, "because nobody goes back and looks at the preseason record for anything." Good point. But that's not going to stop Hoosiers from waking up with big grins this morning.After RG3 did his thing with poise and accuracy against the Bills, Redskins nation also did the grinning thing, so everyone is happy. One preseason week in, this much we know: neither of the heralded passers sucked. Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.net, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.

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3 biggest games of Ryan Anderson's Alabama career

3 biggest games of Ryan Anderson's Alabama career

Ryan Anderson played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, though his career did not take off until his junior and senior seasons. In those two years, Anderson combined for 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss. 

Looking back at his biggest games is a fun excercise to see the 6-foot-2, 253 lbs., linebacker at his best. 

No. 3

  • November 14, 2015 - Alabama @ Mississippi State - The Crimson Tide won this road game against Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs, and Anderson was a big part of the win. He registered five tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. This marked Anderson's lone two sack game at 'Bama. 

No. 2 

  • October 8, 2016 - Alabama @ Arkansas - It's hard to remember now as the Tide steamrolled the Hogs, but there was a major upset alert when 'Bama traveled to Arkansas for a nationally televised game. Anderson showed up big time, making nine tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. Nine tackles marked a career high.

No. 1

  • January 9, 2017 - Alabama vs Clemson - Anderson played his best game in the biggest spot. Yes, it was the only loss for Anderson in his final two seasons and it came in the national title game, but he was all over the field. Twice he made tackles for loss to go with one sack and seven total tackles, but he also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.

Bonus: Anderson scored one touchdown in his career. It came in the College Football Playoff game against Washington. He grabbed an interception and rumbled 26 yards for the TD. Notice a trend? In big games, Anderson delivers. 

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New Redskins LB Anderson: 'I'm an old school football player'

New Redskins LB Anderson: 'I'm an old school football player'

The conference call that Redskins second-round pick Ryan Anderson had with the Washington media shortly after he was drafted got off to a slow start, with the former Crimson Tide linebacker giving short answers to a few questions.

But when he was asked what he would bring to the Redskins on the field, he became animated.  

“I'm a play maker, I’m a game changer,” he said, with some emotion coming to his voice. “I'm a good teammate, I'm a good due to have in the locker room. I'm an old school football player, man. I'm not a workout warrior,

“I'm a football player. At the end of the day, that's why it boils down to. See ball, get ball, and strike the man in front of you. That's what I bring to the table.”

If Anderson lives up to his own billing, he could quickly become a fan favorite.

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