Name: Marcus Martin
School: Slippery Rock
Conference: PSAC (Division II)
Projected NFL Postion: DE/OLB
Draft Class: 2018
Q & A with Marcus Martin
What is your name, school, and position?
Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock University, Defensive End
What is your height and weight?
What do you consider your biggest asset on the field?
My biggest asset on the field would be my motor. Every great offensive lineman I have faced says it’s hard to block me because I just keep coming 100%. I also don’t give up on any play, I’ve been known to track down running backs who have broken through the line 30 yards down field to receivers on bubble screens
Why did you choose your current college to further your football career?
I chose Slippery Rock because of the family atmosphere that I felt on my visit. It wasn’t just about Wins and Losses, it was about the brotherhood we build that leads us to successful seasons.
What is something about yourself, that most people don’t know?
A thing most people don’t know about me, is that I’m never satisfied. No matter what records I break or championships my team wins, I always want more and that helps me from getting complacent.
What is one area of your game that you would like to improve, and what’s your plan to do so?
An area I think I can improve on is bending the corner in my pass rush. This comes down to quickness off the ball and getting to that set point to start bending. Improving my flexibility and working on opening my hips in drills will help me with this.
Who is the best player that you’ve played against so far in your career?
The best player I’ve played against would have to be Ethan Cooper from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Who is your favorite NFL player at your position and why?
My favorite player as a rush guy would be James Harrison. He works harder than anyone else and is as humble as they come.
What NFL team is your favorite and why?
My favorite NFL team would have to be the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised 10 minutes outside of Pittsburgh. I like the way the Steelers franchise is ran. They always play hard nose defense.
Any parting words for your fans or friends?
To the fans and friends, I just want to say thank you for all the support throughout all the wins and Losses. Without the support I wouldn’t have had the success I had.
Career Notes: Enters senior season as the Slippery Rock program and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference all-time leader in tackles for loss (66.0) and quarterback sacks (40.5) … ranks sixth all-time in Division II history in career sacks and ninth all-time in Division II history in career tackles for loss with one full season still to play … two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American … three-time PSAC Player of the Year (Freshman of the Year in 2014, Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016) … two-time Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016) … 2016 Lindy’s Sports Preseason Division II Player of the Year … Multiple All-America honors each season.
Personal: Son of Karen Peterson and Richard Martin … Majoring in Safety Management.
2016: Started all 11 games … Named a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year and was the only junior on the eight-man national ballot … national finalist for the Cliff Harris Award … A consensus All-America selection by the AFCA, D2CCA and AP Little All-America team … Voted the D2CCA Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year for the second straght year … Named the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year … A first team All-PSAC West Selection for the third straight year … Chosen as a first team CoSIDA Academic All-American, becoming just the fourth SRU football player to ever earn the honor … Led Slippery Rock with 18.5 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries in addition to making 64 tackles and blocking one kick … Ranked 15th in the nation tackles for loss and 27th in sacks despite facing near constant double teams … Had five or more tackles in a game five times including a season-high 13 at California … Also had two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss against the Vulcans … Recorded 11 tackles, four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in season-opener against New Haven … Produced two more sacks in week two at West Chester … Made two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in victory against Seton Hill … named a Preseason All-American by both Lindy’s Sports and Sporting News … named the Lindy’s Sports Preseason Division II Defensive Player of the Year … Game-By-Game Statistics
2015: Started all 14 games … A second team CoSIDA Academic All-American … Earned All-America honors from D2football.com and the Conference Commissioners Association … A consensus all-region selection … Named the Don Hansen Football Gazette and the Conference Commissioners Association Super Region 1 Defensive Player of the Year … Voted the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year … Also a first team All-PSAC West selection … A Cliff Harris Award finalist … Finished season with 88 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles … Ranked second in the nation in fumbles recovered, seventh in sacks and 18th in tackles for loss … Sack total was the second highest single-season output in Rock history … Had 10 or more tackles in a game three times including a season-high 12 stops in playoff win against Virginia Union … Also had four tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery against Virginia Union … Made a season-best 2.5 sacks twice at Gannon and in NCAA Tournament quarterfinal contest against Shepherd … Recorded two-sack games against Mercyhurst and Clarion … A two-time PSAC West Athlete of the Week … Named to SportingNews, Lindy’s Sports and Hero Sports preseason All-America teams … PSAC Scholar Athlete … A Division II Athletics Directors Association academic achievement award recipient … Game-by-Game Statistics
2014: Named the Don Hansen Football Gazette National Freshman of the Year … Appeared in, and started, all 12 games … Earned All-America accolades from Daktronics (second team), AP Little All-America (third team), the Beyond Sports Network (fourth team), Don Hansen Football Gazette (third team) and D2football.com (honorable mention) … Voted the 2014 PSAC-West Freshman of the Year … Named the Don Hansen Football Gazette Super Region One Freshman of the Year … national finalist for the Cliff Harris Award … 16 sacks were a single-season Slippery Rock record … Also made 68 tackles (29 solo/ 39 assisted) … Had 22.5 tackles for loss … Forced one fumble … Broke up three passes … Had eight tackles and 3.5 sacks against Edinboro … 10 total tackles against California (Pa.) … A PSAC Scholar Athlete … Game-by-Game Statistics
2013: Redshirted … Named PSAC Scholar-Athlete.
High School: Lettered in track two times and football three times … Big 9 Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 … Three-time All-Big 9 Conference selection … Big 33 All-Star Game participant … Member of the 2012 WPIAL Championship Runners-Up.
As a player who has consistently rewritten the PSAC record books, Martin continues to stay hungry for more. He has a motor that runs hot all the time, and he doesn’t give Offensive Linemen plays off. He displays good hand usage and an array of pass rush moves. Barring any injuries, Martin will be one of our top players this year, and has a very good shot of being drafted in 2018.