- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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I could make a case for Andrew Luck as offensive rookie of the year in 2012.
But I can’t mount a giant objection to the results. The panel of Associated Press voters gave the award to Robert Griffin III with 29 votes. Luck was second with 11 and Seattle’s Russell Wilson was third with 10.
Alone in any season, each of them would have won. But as one of the great rookie quarterback classes we’re ever going to see, when all three guided teams to the playoffs, two quality guys were going to lose out here.
Luck was better than his numbers as he took a two-win team in the first season of a new regime to an 11-5 season.
He played for an offense that pushed the ball downfield like no one else in the league, which had a lot to do with a completion percentage that qualified as low at 54.1 and was a factor in many of his 18 interceptions. Luck set a new single-season record for passing yards by a rookie with 4,374. Playing in all 16 of the Colts' games, he guided his team to seven come-from-behind wins in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Though Griffin hit a lot of his completions on short stuff, his did connect on 65.6 percent of his passes, threw only five picks and outpointed Luck in passer rating, 102.4 to 76.5.
With 815 rushing yards, he joined Randall Cunningham (1990) as the only players in NFL history with 3,000 passing yards and 800 rushing yards in a season.
I doubt this is the last time Griffin, Luck and Wilson will be slugging it out for big awards. They’ll graduate to offensive player of the year and MVP debates from here.