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Cardinal duo named to Walter Camp Player of Year watch list

 

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan and inside linebacker Blake Martinez were named Friday to the watch list for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade.

In all, 50 players from 37 schools were represented on the list. Hogan was one of 22 quarterbacks and Martinez was one of five linebackers.

The award was won previously by former Cardinal Jim Plunkett (1970) and Andrew Luck (2011).

The watch list will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists in November. The Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 128 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live Dec. 10 on ESPN. The winner will receive his trophy at the Walter Camp Football Foundation's annual national awards banquet on Jan. 16, 2016, at the Yale University Commons in New Haven, Connecticut.

Hogan returns as Stanford's quarterback after starting 37 games over the past three seasons. He has taken the Cardinal to two Rose Bowls and was named the 2014 Foster Farms Bowl Offensive MVP to finish last year's campaign. The fifth-year senior from McLean, Virginia, has thrown for 6,518 yards in his career to go along with 48 passing touchdowns and another nine on the ground.

Martinez was Stanford's leading tackler with 102 (53 solo) in 2014, as the Cardinal posted the No. 2 scoring defense in the nation. Martinez's efforts helped Stanford rank No. 1 in the Pac-12 in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing defense. Martinez tied for the team lead with three interceptions and tied for fifth with 4.5 sacks on his way to All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors.

Stanford's season opens Sept. 5 with a 9 a.m. (PT) game at Northwestern on ESPN. The home slate starts a week later against UCF (Sept. 12) at 7:30 p.m. on FOX Sports 1.

Catch the Cardinal live at Stanford Stadium this fall by securing football season tickets. Season tickets and three-game mini plans are available by calling (800)-STANFORD or visiting Football Tickets Central.

— Stanford Athletics

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