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Stanford trio remains in contention for postseason honors


Three Stanford football players received national recognition Monday for their accomplishments thus far this season.

Sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey was selected one of 20 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, senior inside linebacker Blake Martinez was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award and fifth-year senior quarterback Kevin Hogan was picked one of 20 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award.

McCaffrey, a 6-foot, 201-pounder, leads the nation in all-purpose yards, averaging 244.5/game. He ranks eighth in rushing yards with 1,060 and has surpassed 100 yards in six consecutive games, recording six touchdowns. McCaffrey also ranks 14th in kickoff returns, averaging 29.4 yards.

McCaffrey ran for a school-record 243 yards on 25 carries against UCLA. He has posted two 300 all-purpose yard games this season.

Martinez, a 6-foot-2, 245-pounder, ranks second in the country -- first in the Pac-12 Conference -- in tackles per game with 11.4. He has finished with 10 or more stops in seven of eight contests for the ninth-ranked Cardinal.

Martinez has accumulated 91 total tackles, 46 of the solo variety. He also has one interception. The team captain also is a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy.

Hogan, a 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, ranks 12th in the country in passing efficiency at 163.0. He has completed 116 of 178 passes for 1,662 yards and thrown 15 touchdowns. He is also the team's third-leading rusher with 258 yards on 42 carries and came up big last Saturday night at Washington State, rushing for 112 yards and two touchdowns in driving rain, including a 59-yard scoring scamper.

A team captain is 31-9 as a starter and 13-6 against AP top 25 teams. He is tied with Connor Cook of Michigan State for most by wins by a starting quarterback.

In other football news, Stanford announced that its home game with Oregon on Nov. 14 will be televised on FOX at 4:30 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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