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A magnificent college career may be awarded with a first round draft pick soon.

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like our departing captain and perpetually underrated tackle Zack Martin is finally getting the credit he deserves.

Over the past couple days Martin has had a whole collection of media outlets singing his praises. Rob Rang from NFLDraftScout.com had this to say:

On the offensive side of the ball, Martin locked down the blindside for most of the day, showing his trademark patience, forceful hands and underrated athleticism.

Good ol' Mike Mayock certainly isn't going to pass up the opportunity to talk glowingly about Martin either after watching him for his entire career at Notre Dame:

Some analysts think Martin might be best-suited to play guard because of his size (6-foot-4, 305 pounds). Pugh was a tackle at Syracuse and was moved inside by theGiants. Mayock said he thinks Martin can play left tackle, but "worst-case scenario, you move him inside and he's an All-Pro guard."

There may not be a single player in the draft that deserves these accolades more than Zack Martin. If he is indeed a 1st round pick he'll officially move into pantheon status for modern day Irish players.

Take a look at Martin's skill and power in the OFD Film Room:

Iso Cam- Zack Martin & Run Blocking

Iso Cam- Zack Martin & Pass Blocking

NATIONAL LINKS

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney received an 8-year extension and will be making well over $3 million annually into the future.

Fresno State is trying to keep their coach around for a while as Tim DeRuyter got an extension through 2018.

Miami's Duke Johnson broke his ankle in November against FSU and is officially ruled out for the spring.

Texas QB David Ash has been cleared for spring ball.

Top corner recruit and Alabama freshman Tony Brown was arrested on Saturday.

Kentucky has some all-gray uniforms that will see the field next season.

Brent Musburger may not be calling college football games for ABC/ESPN in 2014.

LSU commit Leonard Fournette was named the national high school player of the year.

Miami offensive lineman Malcom Bunche is transferring to UCLA and will be eligible to play in 2014.

IRISH LINKS

*Rising sophomore Corey Robinson was named as one of Town & Country's Top 50 Hottest Bachelors. I mean, cool I guess?

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