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Mike Martin

| | College: Michigan
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A lifelong fan of the Wolverines, there was little doubt where the 2007 Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year would choose to matriculate. A four-star recruit by all of the major high school scouting services, Martin also won the Michigan Wrestling State Championship in his junior season (after having no prior wrestling experience), and broke T.J. Duckett's former Michigan high school shot put record on his way to a state championship.

Martin used that combination of strength and hand/foot control to earn Freshman All American honors after his first year in Ann Arbor. Appearing in 12 games as a reserve defender and on special teams, he made 20 tackles with 4.5 for loss and two sacks. He continued his development in 2009, starting all 12 games on the nose. He was credited with 51 tackles, 6.5 for loss and 2.0 sacks, and received the Richard Katcher Award as the team's best defensive lineman.

In his junior year, Martin won that prestigious award again, along with second-team All-Big Ten honors from league coaches, after he started 12 games, registering 37 tackles, six for loss and 2.5 sacks. He missed the Purdue Game on Nov. 13, 2010, due to an ankle injury that plagued him for the rest of the season.

Martin earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2011, racking up a career-high 54 tackles and three sacks to go along with six tackles for loss.

At 6-1, Martin is undersized height-wise, but he has a thick, compact build on his wrestler's frame. He fires off the snap with a relentless attitude and uses his low pad level and violent hands to tear through blockers.

Martin's long arms allow him to keep his opponents from grasping a firm hold of him. With good lateral agility, power and a relentless motor, Martin got the better of Ohio State's Michael Brewster, a possible top 100 pick, on numerous occasions during Senior Bowl practices.

Martin is an undersized nose tackle with loads of experience in a 3-4 defense. But he lacks a consistent anchor against double teams and just does not have the right frame to be an NFL starter. Because of his ability to penetrate against one-on-one blocks, Martin could be a solid rotation player in a 4-3 scheme as a three-technique tackle and move to the nose on passing downs.


Pass rush: Provides some secondary interior pass rush, getting most penetration when playing three-technique. Possesses only adequate burst off the snap even when directly over the ball, and his initial pop leaves room to be desired. Hands could be much more violent when trying to gain control of the block. Can bull rush his way past running backs in pass protection. Preferred pass rush move is an arm-over swim move while simultaneously pulling lineman forward. Once momentum is stopped, lacks a critical counter move to progress into the backfield. Spies the quarterback if stoned at the line, but lacks the height and vertical to knock down passes.

Run defense: Uses more hustle than brute strength to stop the run. Gets skinny to split double teams, using good short-area quickness to make a play in the backfield. Runs the line very well, making plays on the ball when he beats blocks on the backside. Rarely goes to the ground, showing good balance from his high school wrestling days. Constantly moving his hands, readjusting them into proper placement. Occasionally too high (despite his short stature), and bows out his arms, hampering his ability to press and lock out. Does not hold his ground while facing a double team, first instinct is to roll away to make a play, which can create a large hole.

Explosion: Does not test offensive linemen with quickness or strong initial punch. Rarely first off the snap. Able to swim past single blockers to penetrate into the backfield. Does not attempt to split double-teams, takes a step back and waits to chase down plays.

Strength: Low center of gravity and generally low pad level allows him to play with initial strength and leverage at the point of attack. Upper-body only average, however, struggles to shed one-on-one blocks or sustain leverage once out of his stance. Pad level rises late in the game.

Tackling: Catch-and-drag tackler who rarely drives ballcarriers to the ground. Very good short-area quickness to make plays between the tackles. Displays agility and secure tackling to corral backs in the backfield, also chases plays from the backside to prevent cutbacks.

Intangibles: High-motor, high-character leader. Worked at Ndamukong Suh's summer football camp. Played through two sprained ankles (Iowa, 10/16; Penn State 10/30), missed only Purdue (11/13). Won team's Richard Katcher award the past two seasons for being the team's best defensive lineman.

2011 Season

Sugar Bowl champion … earned fourth varsity letter … All-Big Ten second team (coaches and media) … Phil Steele's Postseason All-Big Ten first team selection and Midseason All-Big Ten second team selection … U-M's Richard Katcher Award (top defensive lineman) … voted a 2011 season captain by teammates during fall camp … named to the Bednarik Award and Rotary Lombardi Award preseason watch lists … played in all 13 games; started each game at nose tackle and contributed on special teams in 10 games … team's fourth leading tackler with 64 stops … VIRGINIA TECH (Jan. 3) … tied a career high with 10 tackles and notched half a sack … ILLINOIS (Nov. 12) … posted a season-high nine tackles, matching a career best with six assisted stops, and an assisted sack … IOWA (Nov. 5) … recorded six tackles and a team-high 1.5 TFLs … PURDUE (Oct. 29) … tallied seven tackles, two TFLs and career-high two sacks … first sack resulted in a safety, U-M's first since 2003 … NORTHWESTERN (Oct. 8) … seven tackles and recorded a half sack for three yards … NOTRE DAME (Sept. 10) … recorded one tackle for loss, three total tackles.

2010 Season

Started 11 contests at nose tackle … earned all-Big Ten second team honors from the coaches and collected honorable mention accolades from the media … registered 36 tackles, six TFLs and 2.5 sacks … contributed two tackles and an assisted TFL vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4) … made one solo tackle at Notre Dame (Sept. 11) … recorded six tackles, including two for loss, and a sack for a loss of 12 yards in start vs. Massachusetts (Sept. 18) … posted one solo tackle in start vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25) … tallied seven tackles, including a game-high two for loss, and a sack in start at Indiana (Oct. 2) … accumulated six tackle, including one for a loss, and assisted on a sack in start vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9) … started at nose tackle vs. Iowa (Oct. 16) and at Penn State (Oct. 30) … registered three tackles in start vs. Illinois (Nov. 6) … missed the Purdue (Nov. 13) contest due to an ankle injury … returned to game action in start vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 20), make four tackles, including an assisted tackle for loss … notched six tackles in start at Ohio State (Nov. 27).

2009 Season

Earned second varsity letter … Richard Katcher Award recipient as Michigan's top defensive lineman … started all 12 games at nose tackle … contributed a career-best 51 tackles, including 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and forced one fumble … finished second on the team in TFLs … made first career start at nose tackle and contributed on special teams vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5), tallying three tackles, one TFL and one sack … posted three stops vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12) … recorded four tackles and assisted on one TFL vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) … accumulated three tackles vs. Indiana (Sept. 26) … had one TFL and two assisted stops at Michigan State (Oct. 3) … made five tackles, including an assisted TFL, at Iowa (Oct. 10) … posted one stop vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17) … made a career-high eight tackles and an assisted TFL vs. Penn State (Oct. 24) … registered five tackles and one TFL at Illinois (Oct. 31) … earned two tackles and forced first career fumble vs. Purdue (Nov. 7) … set career highs with 10 tackles and three TFLs at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) … contributed five tackles and one sack vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21).

2008 Season

Earned first varsity letter … Sporting News All-Freshman second team … Phil Steele's All-Freshman third team … played in all 12 games at defensive tackle … led all U-M freshmen with 20 tackles … also contributed 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks … made career debut vs. Utah (Aug. 30), playing defensive tackle and special teams … assisted on a tackle for loss against the Utes … earned first career sack and posted two tackles vs. Miami (Sept. 6) … assisted on a tackle at Notre Dame (Sept. 13) … posted two tackles and one TFL vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27) … registered two tackles and one TFL vs. Illinois (Oct. 4) … earned one solo stop vs. Toledo (Oct. 11) … assisted on two tackles at Penn State (Oct. 18) … tallied one sack and three solo stops vs. Michigan State (Oct. 25) … played defensive tackle at Purdue (Nov. 1) and Minnesota (Nov. 8) … assisted on three tackles vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) … equaled career high with three tackles at Ohio State (Nov. 22).

Injury Report

2010: Sprained an ankle against Iowa on Oct. 16 and against at Penn State on Oct. 30. Missed only the Nov. 13 game against Purdue.

High School

Attended Detroit Catholic Central High School (2008) coached by Tom Mach … three-year starter at defensive tackle … has registered a 420 pound bench and a 520 pound squat … Key Statistics … finished varsity career with 206.5 tackles, 14.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries in three seasons … recorded 96 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and six sacks senior year … posted 75 tackles and eight sacks as a junior … Honors and Rankings … 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Michigan … PrepStar Magazine All-American … four-star prospect and the 12th-best defensive tackle nationally according to Scout.com … four-star prospect and the nation's 16th-best defensive tackle by Rivals.com … listed as the second strongest defensive tackle nationally according to Rivals.com … rated as the seventh-best player in the state of Michigan by Rivals.com … selected as the nation's eighth-best defensive tackle recruit by Scouts, Inc. … ranked as a top-300 prospect in the country by Tom Lemming … rated No. 14 on the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest rankings … named to Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team … Associated Press All-State first team as a senior … participated in the Penn State NIKE Camp in 2007 … Other Sports … won state D1 wrestling title as a junior in first year competing … record-setting shot-putter and discus thrower in track and field.


Michael Brendan Martin was born September 1, 1990, in Detroit … attended Michigan Summer Football Camp in both 2006 and 2007 … enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.


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