Referencing how intent Clements was in wanting to get his man, Luck said, "The president is a tremendous recruiter. He reminds me of Don Nehlen in his best days, or even Frank Cignetti, the coach who recruited me (to WVU)."
Nehlen, who knows Luck about as well as anyone connected with the Mountaineers, was asked that besides Luck's drive and smarts - he was a two-time Academic All-America and Rhodes Scholar finalist - what was some facet of the former quarterback's maekup that a coach would know that others may not.
The 74-year-old retired coach didn't hesitate in answering.
"I don't think anybody knows how tough Ollie is," Nehlen said. "For all of the rest of my years (at WVU), when I talked about mental toughness, I talked about Ollie. He played hurt for us, and played well, at a time when we just didn't have many football players.
"I don't remember the game now, but there was one time when Ollie threw an interception, then went and made the tackle on the guy. His ankle was twisted really bad, really puffed up and he was in a lot of pain.
"The next week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, he's on crutches and not at practice. On Thursday, he watched practice was still on crutches. Friday, he's limping pretty bad, and not doing much. On Saturday, he plays, and plays well, and we win. I didn't think there was any way he's play, much less play like he did.
"He's a tough guy. It's going to be great to have him back."
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