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Sam Martin
P #6
Height:
6-1
Weight:
210
Age:
24
College:
Appalachian State
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2014):

PUNTS
37
AVG
47.6
LNG
64
IN 20
17
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPunter
GGSPuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIn 20TBFCRetRetYTD
TOTAL 109 5,159 4,479 72 47.3 41.1 1 7 11 39 13 28 50 420 0
2014 DET 8 0 37 1,760 1,530 64 47.6 41.4 0 2 4 17 3 10 18 170 0
2013 DET 16 0 72 3,399 2,949 72 47.2 40.4 1 5 7 22 10 18 32 250 0
Recent Games
WKOppResultPunter
PuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIn 20TBFCRetRetYTD
1 NYG W 35-14 2 109 79 57 54.5 39.5 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 30 0
2 @CAR L 7-24 5 233 205 64 46.6 41 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 8 0
3 GB W 19-7 2 104 81 55 52 40.5 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 23 0
4 @NYJ W 24-17 6 306 269 55 51 44.8 0 0 0 2 1 1 4 17 0
5 BUF L 14-17 7 330 310 60 47.1 44.3 0 0 1 4 0 3 3 20 0
6 @MIN W 17-3 7 341 284 63 48.7 40.6 0 1 0 2 1 2 3 37 0
7 NO W 24-23 5 213 198 57 42.6 39.6 0 1 1 4 0 2 1 15 0
8 @ATL W 22-21 3 124 104 51 41.3 34.7 0 0 2 2 0 0 1 20 0

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Biography

Second-year punter who took over the Lions’ punting, holding and kickoff duties in 2013, and established himself as one of the best young legs in the NFL.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

PRO
Second-year punter who took over the Lions’ punting, holding and kickoff duties in 2013, and established himself as one of the best young legs in the NFL.

  • Martin finished the 2013 season with a net punting average of 40.40 and broke the franchise record (official statistic since 1967) for net punting average. He is the first punter in franchise history to finish the season with a 40+-yard net punting average. Martin surpassed the previous record held by P Jim Arnold (39.63) in 1987.
    • He became the second rookie punter to finish the season with a 40+-yard net punting average. His 40.40 net punting average is the second-highest in League history among rookies (since net punting became official in 1976) behind only Jacksonville P Bryan Anger (40.85) in 2012.
    • He also recorded the second highest (gross) punting average by a rookie (minimum 20 punts) in NFL history. His 47.21 ranks behind Anger’s 47.84 that he accumulated in 2012. Both punters, Martin and Anger, were coached by current Lions Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego.
  • Martin tallied a (gross) punting average of 47.21 on the season (72 punts for 3,399 yards). Martin has the third highest single-season punting average in team history and he is the first Lions punter in 50 years (Hall of Fame P/S Yale Lary 48.94 in 1963) to finish the season with a 47+-yard punting average. His 2013 output trails only Yale Lary’s 1963 total, which is a team single-season record, and Lary’s 48.44 average in 1961.
  • Martin broke the team’s rookie record for punting average (47.2) by surpassing P/RB Bob Cifer’s 45.6 average in 1946.
  • At Cleveland (10/13/13), Martin became the first Lions punter to record 5+ punts, 47.0+ net average, 3+ inside the 20 and 0 touchbacks in a game since net punting became an official statistic in 1976.
  • Martin earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance at Washington (9/22/13), where he recorded six punts for 351 yards (52.5 average) and finished with a net punting average of 40.7. He is the first Lions punter to win the award since Jim Arnold in 1993.
    • Among Martin’s punts was a 72-yarder. It was the longest punt recorded by the Lions since P Tom Skladany had a 74-yard punt vs. Oakland September 27, 1981.
    • The 72-yard punt by Martin was the second-longest in team history by a rookie, and the longest since P Bob Cifers nailed a 73-yard punt as a rookie vs. Green Bay November 17, 1946.
    • Martin’s average of 52.5 was the highest single-game average by a Lions punter with at least six punts since P Pat Studstill recorded a 53.0 average on seven punts vs. Chicago September 11, 1966. It is the second-highest punting average with a minimum of six punts in a game since 1960.
  • With a 50.2 net punting average at Arizona (9/15/13), Martin set a new franchise record for net punting average in a game (official statistic since 1976) with a minimum of five punts.
    • Martin became the first rookie punter in the NFL to record a 50.0+ net punting average with a minimum of five punts since New England P Shawn McCarthy had a 51.6 net punting average (five punts) at Buffalo 11/3/91.

2013: Finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL (third in NFC) in gross punting average (47.2), 10th (seventh in NFC) in net punting average (40.4) and tied for 10th with 32 punts of 50+ yards. His 40.40 net punting average broke the franchise record (official statistic since 1967) for net punting average.

  • In his NFL debut for the Lions, punted four times for 152 yards (38.0 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8).
  • Nailed five punts for 261 yards (52.2 avg) in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15) and accumulated a 50.2 net punting average.
  • Recorded six punts for 351 yards (52.5 average) in Week 3 at Washington (9/22) and finished with a net punting average of 40.7 despite three touchbacks. Martin was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.
  • Punted three times for 150 yards (50.0 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 57 yards in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Recorded six punts for 311 yards (51.8 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 58 yards in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Punted five times (all in first half) in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13) and garnered a 45.8 average. Martin accumulated a 47.8 net punting average with three punts downed inside the 20-yard line and had no touchbacks.
  • Punted four times for 173 yards (43.3 avg) in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20) with three landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 65 yards.
  • Recorded four punts for 203 yards (50.8 avg) with a long of 64 yards in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27).
  • Punted four times for 178 yards (44.5 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 59 yards in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Recorded three punts for 152 yards with a long of 59 yards in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Had four punts for 151 yards (37.8 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 56 yards in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Put the Packers inside the 20-yard line with a 33-yard punt in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Punted six times for 236 yards (39.3 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Recorded five punts for 230 yards (46.0 avg) with three landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Punted six times for 270 yards (45.0 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 55 yards in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).
  • Punted seven times for 355 yards (50.7 avg) and recorded a net punting average of 36.9 in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

COLLEGE
Ranks third in Appalachian State history with 226 punts and 9,397 yards and sixth with a 41.6-yard punting average. Became only the second specialist in Appalachian State history to be selected in the NFL Draft since Harold Alexander was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (67th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft.

2012: Became a multi-dimensional threat on special teams, going 7-for-10 on field goal attempts in addition to his punting duties. Had a stellar senior season, racking up a career-high 2,755 punting yards on 60 punts (45.9 avg, the largest of his career) with a long of 68 yards, nearly tying his career-long of 69.

  • Named 2012 NCAA Division I FCS Punter of the Year by College Football Performance Awards and was an AP First All-American. Named First Team All-Southern Conference as a punter by the league’s coaches and media and named Second Team All-SoCon as a place kicker by the league’s coaches.
  • Earned SoCon Player of the Week three times (9/1 at East Carolina, 10/13 vs. Samford, 11/10 vs. Furman).
  • Averaged 45.9 yards per punt, ranking third nationally and second in Appalachian State history.
  • Of his 60 punts in 2012, 29 were fair-caught (48.3 percent), 25 were downed inside the 20-yard line (41.6 percent), 14 traveled 50 yards or more (23.3 percent) and only 16 were returned (26.6 percent). His 25 punts downed inside the 20-yard line set a new school record.
  • Took over ASU’s place-kicking duties for the final four games of the season and made 23-of-27 kicks (7-of-10 field goals, 16-of-17 extra points).

2011: Earned Second Team all-Southern Conference accolades despite battling a nagging groin injury throughout the season, finishing fourth in the conference and 27th nationally in punting average (40.9 ypp).

  • Turned in perhaps his best individual performance of the season in the season-opening loss at Virginia Tech, averaging 45 yards on eight punts, including two kicks of 50 yards or more.
  • Booted a season-long 69-yard punt in the home opener against North Carolina A&T that tied for eighth-longest in school history. Also kicked a 51-yard field goal in the game, tying for seventh-longest in program history.
  • Was named national and conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Savannah State.

2010: Played in all 13 games, booting 60 of ASU’s 61 punts on the season and ranking fourth in the Southern Conference with a 39.2-yard average. 31 of his 60 punts were fair caught (51.7 percent), 19 were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (31.7 percent) and only nine were able to be returned (15 percent).

  • Had seven punts of 50 yards or longer and downed at least one punt inside the 20-yard line in 11-of-13 games.
  • Was twice named SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week.
  • Averaged a season-high 46 yards per kick and booted a season-best 63-yarder against Villanova.
  • Handled kickoffs for the first four games of the season, averaging 65.5 yards per kick.

2009: Exclusively handled ASU’s punting and kickoff duties as a red-shirt freshman and was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team by the league’s coaches. Averaged 40.0 yards on 52 punts, ranking third in the SoCon and 28th nationally.

PERSONAL
A former soccer standout, played just one year of high school football where he averaged 69 yards per kickoff and was named all-county following his only gridiron campaign at Starr’s Mill (Ga.) High School under Head Coach Mike Earwood.

  • Four-year soccer letterman and earned all-state recognition as a junior.
  • A member of the Dean’s List and ASU athletics’ and Southern Conference academic honor rolls, majored in business marketing (pre-law).
  • Father, Tom Martin, was a three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball and baseball) at Eastern Michigan University.

MARTIN’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Punts: 7 at Min 12/29/13
  • Punting Yards: 355 at Min 12/29/13
  • Average: 52.5 at Was 9/22/13
  • Long Punt: 72 at Was 9/22/13
  • Inside 20: 3 (three times) Last vs. Bal 12/16/13
  • Net Average: 50.2 at Ari 9/15/13

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