Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin expects to be ready to take the field when the Fighting Irish take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 7. Martin injured his ankle in Notre Dame's 22-13 victory over the USC Trojans on Nov. 24.
Martin not only expects to play in the BCS title game against Alabama, but he believes he will be at full strength (via the Chicago Tribune):
"I'm getting better," Martin said Friday night. "I'm just rehabbing. I got to go out to practice (Friday) and do some things. I'll be fine for January 7. You never want to be injured but we were lucky enough to have time off to rehab and get better. I'll be 100 percent for the game."
Martin has started every single game at left tackle for Notre Dame this season, which gives him 38 straight starts as a member of the Irish. In fact, the 6-foot-4, 304-pound senior has started in every single game that he has appeared in at Notre Dame. Martin is the heart and soul of an offensive line that has paved the way for an Irish ground attack that is putting up over 200 yards per game on the season.