SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew Luck can grab the attention of a room these days without muttering a word.
Sporting a buzz cut and a clean-shaven face, Stanford’s standout quarterback created the biggest stir during Bay Area media day Monday just by showing up without his scruffy beard.
Oh, the landscape sure has changed in the region.
With so much hoopla surrounding the Cardinal and their Heisman hopeful this season, rival California and San Jose State find themselves working to crawl out of their neighbor’s shadow. The extra expectations on Stanford are not only adding to the area’s spotlight, it’s giving players and coaches on the opposite side extra motivation to regain the spotlight.