Harbaugh wanted Luck-Griffin combo at Stanford

Harbaugh wanted Luck-Griffin combo at Stanford
November 20, 2013, 8:15 am
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Robert Griffin III will face a Jim Harbaugh-coached team for the first time Monday night when the 49ers travel to Washington. (AP)

Even without Robert Griffin III, things worked out pretty well for Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck at Stanford. (AP)

Jim Harbaugh had visions of a two-quarterback system at Stanford with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin.

Harbaugh, of course, landed Luck as a prized recruit, while Griffin turned down the Cardinal’s scholarship offer and enrolled at Baylor, where he won the Heisman Trophy.

Prior to the 2012 draft, Harbaugh checked in with Griffin at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

“It was a funny conversation,” Griffin said Wednesday in a conference call with Bay Area reporters. “He really wanted me to go there and play quarterback. I liked it at the end of the day, just figured it wasn’t the best option for me. He wasn’t happy about it, but he was still very professional about it.”

Griffin said Harbaugh never suggested a position change. And it wasn’t the thought of a two-quarterback situation that prompted Griffin to go elsewhere.

“I was graduating early, and Stanford wasn’t allowing early graduates to enroll and that was the biggest issue,” Griffin said.

Griffin, now in his second NFL season, will face a Harbaugh-coached team for the first time Monday night when the 49ers travel to face Washington.

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