STANFORD (AP) — Jonathan Martin goes only by “Moose” on campus. That’s the way the big, burly left tackle introduces himself and even some of his Stanford professors refer to him by that moniker.


There might not be a more appropriate nickname in the nation.

Martin protects college football’s most insured blindside — Heisman Trophy hopeful and projected No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck — for the sixth-ranked Cardinal, and his label leaves little room for interpretation.

Even his parents, part of a long family line of Harvard graduates, have stepped out of the Ivy League mentality and embraced the mystique.


Martin will get a chance to show off his skills Saturday night against the hometown school he once spurned when Stanford hosts UCLA in the Pac-12 home opener.






(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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