Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is going back to school next season. The university announced today that Luck, a redshirt sophomore, will not declare for the 2011 NFL Draft. Luck finished as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy this year, helping lead Stanford to a school-record 12 wins capped with a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. He was widely considered the top pro quarterback prospect in the upcoming draft. But the Houston, Texas native stated his desire to finish his degree in architectural design as the reason for returning to Stanford next year. He is on track to earn that degree at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012.
Luck’s announcement comes amidst doubt about whether Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh will be back with him in Palo Alto for 2011. Harbaugh reportedly met for several hours with the San Francisco 49ers this week regarding their coaching vacancy, and is also reportedly being sought by the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and his alma mater, the University of Michigan.