Andrew Luck has released a statement saying he has decided to stay at Stanford for his junior year.
The quarterback, who won Orange Bowl MVP earlier in the week, would have likely been the No. 1 overall pick in this April's NFL Draft, but he has decided to play his redshirt junior season for the Cardinal -- and the reason appears academically related.
"I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter of 2012," Luck said in the statement.
Luck could also have unfinished business on the football field in the way of a Heisman Trophy and BCS Championship. He finished second in Heisman voting this season to Auburn's Cam Newton and his Cardinal are likely to end up fourth behind Auburn, Oregon and TCU in the final polls.
Luck threw for 287 yards and four touchdowns en route to a 40-12 blowout win over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, garnering him the MVP honors.
For the season, Luck led Stanford to the best season in school history (12-1). The lone blemish came on the road against undefeated Oregon.
He threw for 3,338 yards and 32 touchdowns against eight interceptions while completing 70.7 percent of his passes. Only Kellen Moore and Cam Newton had better passer efficiency ratings. Luck also ran for 453 yards and three touchdowns.