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?
We take pride in being a smash-mouth offense. Our favorite play is the power play. That's been our M.O. all year. We're just looking forward to continue playing well.
What's it like playing in an offense with that pass-run balance?
It's a lot of fun. We obviously have the best player in college football in Andrew Luck. Any time we can set up a play action, deep and long passes for him, it's fun.
What's been the best thing about this season for you?
I would have to say the SC game was a lot of fun. Any time you can go to someone's house and win in triple overtime, it's a great experience.
How did you feel at the end of three overtimes?
Oh, it was real exhilarating ... especially being from L.A. myself. That was really awesome.
What about the next morning? How'd your body feel then?
Yeah, that's when it really sank in. There's a lot of emotions going right after the game.
You have probably talked about Andrew ad nauseam this year, but what has it been like playing with him?
It's great. He knows the offense probably better than the offensive coordinator. He gets us in the right play all the time out there. Just his knowledge of the game and the fact he doesn't make mistakes, it's great to play with him.
Are you glad he cut the beard and the hair a bit?
Oh, yeah, it was atrocious. We let him know, but for a long time, he wouldn't listen to us.