Two of the three top NFL rookies this season have Northern California ties.
Top draft pick Andrew Luck honed his craft at Stanford and emerged as the highest-rated quarterback since John Elway in 1983, also from Stanford. Luck has worked wonders with the Indianapolis Colts, willing them to victories as a more-than-capable replacement for Peyton Manning.
Second pick Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor and was picked by the Redskins. As entertaining as the QB has been to watch, Griffin has been a man on the run all season.
And there's Doug Martin.
Lightly recruited out of St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Martin flourished at Boise State. Tampa Bay moved up in the draft to grab the running back at No. 31. He's suddenly thrust himself into the Rookie of the Year conversation, thanks in large part to the Raiders tackling air Sunday as he set a Bucs record with 251 yards and four touchdowns.
Martin grew up in Oakland, where he used to pretend he was a Raiders player in pickup games. He had a good prep career, though he eclipsed 200 yards just once. Now he could be a key player for the Buccaneers for years to come.
Most would agree that Luck remains the prize of the draft, but Martin hasn't just closed the gap with Griffin he's passed him.
What to watch
High school football, "Final Quarter," 11 p.m., FOX40: The Bee's Joe Davidson talks about tonight's Nevada Union-Franklin game.
At the midpoint in the NFL season, who is the Rookie of the Year?
Robert Griffin III
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