Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin was named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award.
During his career, Martin has paved the way for the Cardinal to produce some of the top rushers in school history in Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart and current running back Stepfan Taylor. He has also helped protect quarterback and Heisman favorite Andrew Luck, who has been sacked just 16 times in three seasons, including just four times this season.
Martin joins Alabama's Dont'a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw along with Boston College's Luke Kuechly on the final list. All four players will be in Houston for two days prior to the Award Show on December 7 at the Reliant Center.
The Lombardi Award is given to the nation's top lineman, who best exemplifies the spirit of Vince Lombardi.
Martin and his teammates have compiled a 9-0 record this season and stretched the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games. All that will be on the line Saturday when the Cardinal plays host to Oregon (8-1) in a crucial Pac-12 showdown. The game is sold out but will be televised by ABC at 5 p.m.
Stanford and Cal spit its six tri-distance events in the Bears' pool on Wednesday with Bobby Bollier (butterfly), David Nolan (individual medley) and Chad La Tourette (long distance freestyle) all winning with combined times for the Cardinal.
Nolan, a freshman who was the national swimmer of the year among prep boys last spring, won all three IM events -- taking home a clean sweep in the 100-yard IM (51.30), 200 IM (1:50.57) and 400 IM (3:54.92) for a combined time of 6:36.29. Matt Thomson was second with a time of 6:42.31, finishing second in the 400 IM (3:58.58) and third in the 100 IM (52.49) and 200 IM (1:52.06).
La Tourette won the tri-distance's longest combined races for the third-straight year, winning the longer 500 free (4:25.59) and 1000 free (9:08.50) for a combined time of 15:15.66.
Bollier took home wins in the 100 (48.88) and 200 fly (1:47.54) and was third to freshman teammate Erich Peske in the 50 fly for a combined time of 2:58.92. Peske, from Los Gatos High, led the pack with a time of 22.37 and Bollier was third with a mark of 22.50. David Mosko was third in the combined fly with a time of 3:03.61.
For Cal, Tom Shields on the combined back (2:54.25) as Stanford's Matthew Swanston was third (2:57.64). Martin Liivamagi won the combined breast (3:21.20) with Stanford's Curtis Lovelace also finishing third (3:21.96). In the faster freestyle Tyler Messerschmidt post a mark of 2:44.29, followed by Stanford's Aaron Wayne (2:44.66) and Geoff Cheah (2:45.82).