Just call him the reluctant running quarterback.
Andrew Luck -- now in his second season as the Indianapolis Colts starter -- has rushed for six touchdowns, including his 19-yard game-winner against Oakland on Sunday.
Overall, he has rushed for 293 yards in 68 carries over 17 career regular-season starts. He has a career 4.31 rushing average.
One thing is abundantly clear, though. Luck doesn’t go to the line of scrimmage each play and look to take off on a run. And please don’t compare him to read option quarterbacks like San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick or Washington’s Robert Griffin III. That’s not his thing.
“No, no, absolutely not,” he stressed Monday after a team walkthrough practice.
Still, there are those times when tucking the ball under his right arm is the best thing that Luck can do.
“Situationally, it depends. [But] I want to get the ball out of my hands 99.9 percent of the time,” the former first overall draft pick said. “We’ve got great receivers on this team. I really think so. We’ve got great tight ends. We’ve got running backs that are hard-nosed and that make guys miss. The ball doesn’t need to be in my hands all the time.”
Sometimes, though, the opportunity presents itself and instincts just take over.
“In certain situations [like what occurred in the win over the Raiders] when it opens it up like that, you do run,” Luck said. “But I would much rather throw the ball. Get it into true athletes hands.”
As for that touchdown against Oakland, he prefers to highlight the blocking downfield by his receivers and offensive line rather than his decision to run.
“[It was the] way the middle of the field opened up. They had good coverage. They doubled [wide receiver] Reggie [Wayne],” Luck explained. “The guy covering [tight end] Coby [Fleener] was tight. And those were sort of my first two reads. It sort of opened up as I was stepping up. And [wide receiver] Darrius [Heyward-Bey] made a great block.”