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September 18, 2013
Hot tip: Andrew Luck gave Harbaugh his first scouting report on Colin Kaepernick


The first person to give Jim Harbaugh a scouting report on his future starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick? It was his then-current starting quarterback, Andrew Luck, who attended the Manning Passing Academy alongside Kaepernick and other top college football passers in 2010 when he and Harbaugh were at Stanford.

"When Andrew got back from the Academy, just asked him what quarterbacks stood out to him, who was good and I asked him who he got along with," Harbaugh said today. "He lit up talking about Colin. It was the first name out of his mouth."

Luck was fuzzier on the details during a conference call this morning. "I must have said something because I remember people talking about that as a story when he got drafted. But I don't remember a specific conversation at that point," the Colts quarterback said.

Opposing coaches always bombard the opposing quarterback with praise before the encounter, whether the opponent is Drew Brees or Brian Hoyer. Harbaugh today did just that with Luck, but the admiration was genuine. Together, the two rebuilt Stanford's football program, and Harbaugh gushed over Luck's smarts, maturity and athleticism.

And he didn't miss a chance to pump up his own quarterback. Harbaugh said that upon meeting Kaepernick in the run-up to the 2011 draft, he was struck by how much he reminded him of Luck. "That was my first impression when I met Colin - how much like Andrew he was from a personality standpoint," Harbaugh said.


* Harbaugh said that recent signee Owen Marecic would be a backup fullback to Bruce Miller and also would, initially at least, have a backup role on special teams. That may hint that Mareceic, signed Tuesday, will not be among the 46 players in uniform Sunday against Indianapolis.

* Asked why the 49ers didn't sign a nose tackle to replace Ian Williams (broken ankle) on the roster, Harbaugh said the team was confident Tony Jerod-Eddie could fill the back up role behind Glenn Dorsey. To this point, Jerod-Eddie largely has played defensive end in the team's 3-4 scheme. "Feel like it's his time to step up," Harbaugh said of Jerod-Eddie. "He's the next man up."

* Harbaugh said safety Eric Reid continues to show no signs of the concussion that knocked him out of Sunday's game. Reid must pass the league-mandated concussion protocol, the last step of which is undergoing simulated contact in practice.

* Harbaugh said Vernon Davis (hamstring) would be a day-to-day case. Davis, Reid and Ray McDonald (ankle) were not in the locker room during the open media session.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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