INDIANAPOLIS -- A year ago, quarterback Andrew Luck was unable to attend the Indianapolis Colts' organized team activity practices because of school commitments at Stanford.
Luck, tough, went on to have a stellar year for the Colts despite the lack of summer work with the team. Still, in a sense, he is a rookie during this year's OTA workouts.
"These are my first OTAs," Luck said after Wednesday's workout. "I missed these last year, so I think it's great. It's great to get on the field with the defense and troubleshoot some stuff.
"Obviously, some of us ran some of this stuff (offense) at Stanford (under new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton). Just to be on the field with your guys going against something other than air is fun."
Indianapolis started 10 days of OTA work on Monday. The Colts will have three practices next week and four in two weeks to round out the sessions.
Luck is looking for improvement as the offense installed by Hamilton begins to take shape.
"I thought Monday was great and I thought Tuesday was better," the Colts quarterback said. "And (Wednesday) was better than (Tuesday). So I think that sets the floor, to try and go out and improve every day.
"Something that I've noticed since I've been here is that the guys always practice hard. Guys play hard. They go out there with a lot of energy (in the workouts). To me, it's really a credit to the veteran leadership on this team. They keep us right and they give us the opportunity to get better."
His objective during the OTAs is to have the offense working well heading into training camp on July 27.
"The main goal is to go into training camp the best that we can be. I know that's quite vague and a little bit of a cliche. But we're not going to take these days for granted. We realize that we only get so many of them," he explained.
"We want to put ourselves in the position of going into training camp with a healthy winning football team."
Quarterback coach Clyde Christensen appreciates the approach that Luck is taking during his first OTA workouts.
"He just keeps progressing ahead. He just goes out and plays," Christensen said. "He doesn't realize how young he is. (He's) just had a nice camp. He's bright, he's on it. He enjoys it. There's a guy that loves football. We're really pleased where he is."