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Stanford's Jonathan Martin discusses Andrew Luck, the Cardinal's season

FIESTA BOWL — Left tackle Jonathan Martin has done a good job protecting quarterback Andrew luck this season. He says Fiesta Bowl opponent Oklahoma State has looked impressive on film.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: December 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm •  Published: December 28, 2011

Jonathan Martin protects the backside of Andrew Luck, and the left tackle has done it quite well. The Stanford quarterback has only been sacked nine times this season, the same minuscule number as Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.

Martin talked to The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson about Luck as well as Stanford's season, its offensive strengths and its opponent in the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma State.

Is Phoenix a little nicer than Palo Alto weather-wise right now?

It's very similar. It's a little chilly at night, but it's nice during the day.

See, in Oklahoma, we get winter.


What have you seen from the OSU defense watching film?

They're talented. They're the most talented team we've played so far this year. Their D-ends are real good pass rushers, fast linebackers, so it's a real big challenge.

Who do they compare to in the Pac-12?

The last couple weeks, we played a bunch of 3-4 teams. This is the more traditional college 4-3, four-down-linemen, three-linebacker defense. It'll be fun getting back to playing that.

Do you see just about everything defensively with Luck and the balance that you guys throw out there?

We see a lot of different looks, especially with their big people packages. People try and match up with D linemen, throw in extra linebackers, so we see a lot of different looks.

The perception of Stanford is as a passing team. Is it kind of fun, especially as an offensive lineman, to have that balance and run the ball?

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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