Team

Sam Martin
P #6
Height:
6-1
Weight:
205
Age:
24
College:
Appalachian State
Experience:
R

Quick Stats (2013):

PUNTS
72
AVG
47.2
LNG
72
IN 20
22
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPunter
GGSPuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIn 20TBFCRetRetYTD
TOTAL 72 3,399 2,949 72 47.2 41 1 5 7 22 10 18 32 250 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 MIN W 34-24 4 152 146 55 38 36.5 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 6 0
2 @ARI L 21-25 5 261 251 58 52.2 50.2 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 10 0
3 @WAS W 27-20 6 315 244 72 52.5 40.7 0 1 0 0 3 0 2 11 0
4 CHI W 40-32 3 150 113 57 50 37.7 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 17 0
5 @GB L 9-22 6 311 257 58 51.8 42.8 0 0 0 2 2 0 4 14 0
6 @CLE W 31-17 5 229 239 52 45.8 47.8 0 0 1 3 0 1 3 -10 0
7 CIN L 24-27 4 173 165 65 43.3 41.3 0 1 1 3 0 1 1 8 0
8 DAL W 31-30 4 203 158 64 50.8 39.5 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 25 0
10 @CHI W 21-19 4 178 162 59 44.5 40.5 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 16 0
11 @PIT L 27-37 3 152 135 59 50.7 45 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 17 0
12 TB L 21-24 3 151 132 56 50.3 33 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 19 0
13 GB W 40-10 1 33 33 33 33 33 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
14 @PHI L 20-34 6 236 223 51 39.3 37.2 0 0 2 2 1 1 2 -7 0
15 BAL L 16-18 5 230 186 57 46 37.2 0 0 0 3 1 3 1 24 0
16 NYG L 20-23 6 270 247 55 45 41.2 0 0 0 2 0 3 3 23 0
17 @MIN L 13-14 7 355 258 63 50.7 36.9 0 0 2 2 1 1 3 77 0

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Biography

TRANSACTIONS:

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

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-team 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.
  • Downed two punts inside the 20-yard line and let loose a 54-yarder against Elon in the regular-season finale.

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.
  • Earned academic all-So-Con recognition.

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.

  • Helped ASU compile a net punting average of 35.5 yards that ranked 19th nationally.
  • 17 of his 52 punts (32.7 percent) had to be fair-caught and 19-of-52 pinned the opponent inside its own 20-yard line (36.5 percent).
  • Had multiple punts downed inside the 20-yard line against Georgia Southern (2), Chattanooga (2) and South Carolina State (3).
  • All six of his 50-plus-yard punts came in the final nine games of the season, with his first-career 50-yarder occurring in the waning seconds of a come-from-behind victory at Wofford on a booming 74-yard kick.
  • His 74-yard punt against Wofford is tied for the fourth-longest punt in school history and the longest since Nate McKinney also launched a 74-yarder at Wofford in 2003.
  • Earned academic all-conference recognition.

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.
  • Also lettered twice in basketball.
  • A member of the Dean’s List and ASU athletics’ and Southern Conference academic honor rolls, majored in business marketing (pre-law).

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • TIM AND MIKE: Rookie class stood out in 40-10 win

    (4:55) Posted Nov 30, 2013

    Tim and Mike discuss the performances of Defensive ends Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor, cornerback Darius Slay and punter Sam Martin in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day win over Packers.

  • Postgame locker room: Sam Martin

    (2:17) Posted Oct 20, 2013

    P Sam Martin on team's 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals

  • Herman Moore one-on-one Punter Sam Martin

    (5:29) Posted Oct 10, 2013

    Former WR Herman Moore goes one-on-one with P Sam Martin about changing his kicking technique, facing dynamic kick returners and being named the special teams player of the week.

  • Tim and Mike on Sam Martin

    (1:16) Posted May 14, 2013

    Tim and Mike discuss P Sam Martin's impressive showing at the team's rookie mini-camp, as well as the adjustments he's making from college to the pros. Ther

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