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Derrick Martin

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 202 | College: Wyoming
 
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Overview

Martin is a versatile pass defender who excelled as a boundary cornerback during his junior year after playing the field position during his first two seasons with the Cowboys. Explosive out of his cuts, Martin's athletic ability and quickness helped him develop into the Mountain West Conference's premier pass coverage defender. In addition to his playmaking ability on defense, he is one of the top kick blockers in the nation, returning two blocked punts for touchdowns during his career.

During his playing days at Thomas Jefferson High School, Martin was one of the most sought after players in the State of Colorado his senior year. He earned All-Colorado and All-State Class 5A honors from The Denver Post his senior season. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Denver Prep 5A league as a senior. Martin led his team to the quarterfinals of the 2001 state playoffs and to the 2002 state semifinals, before losing to eventual state champion Columbine. In four years on the team, he helped T.J. compile a 38-10 record and four City Championships.

A team captain, he was an outstanding quarterback and defensive back. As a senior, Martin completed 96 of 185 passes for 1,475 yards and 10 touchdowns. He carried the ball 138 times for 830 yards and three scores. An all-around athlete, he was the starting point guard on the basketball team and led the state in steals through much of his senior season. He earned All-City honors and was a team captain.

He also excelled on the track team. Martin ran career bests of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meters, 22.3 in the 200 and 48.6 in the 400 meters. He was part of the team's 4 x 100 meter relay team that placed sixth in the State Championships his junior year. Martin achieved honor roll all four years. He was named a Mayor's Mile High Academic Scholar and earned Renaissance Academic Scholar honors two years. He was also a class representative to the Thomas Jefferson High student council.

Martin decided to attend Wyoming, but was also heavily recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, Missouri, Oregon and Utah. He made an immediate impact as a true freshman, starting four games. He missed four contests with a broken bone in his left hand, but still managed to record 27 tackles (17 solos) with two fumble recoveries and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Martin earned second-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a sophomore. He started all season at field cornerback, producing 60 tackles (43 solos) with a sack and 4.5 stops for losses. He caused and recovered a fumble, gained 109 yards on five kickoff returns and also returned a blocked punt for a score. He batted away fourteen passes and intercepted three others.

Martin shifted to boundary cornerback in 2005. He led a secondary that ranked first in the conference in pass defense, coming up with 47 tackles (32 solos), a sack and 3.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. For the third consecutive season, he blocked a punt and also caused a fumble. He had three interceptions and seven pass break-ups.

In 30 games with the Cowboys, Martin started eleven times at boundary cornerback and sixteen times at field cornerback. He recorded 134 tackles (92 solos) with two sacks for minus-16 yards and eight stops for losses of 39 yards. He recovered three fumbles, caused two others and deflected 21 passes. Martin gained 49 yards with a touchdown on six interceptions, 31 yards and two scores on three blocked punt returns and 135 yards on six kickoff returns (22.5 avg).

Analysis

Positives: Has adequate muscle tone, smooth skin, good bubble and room on his frame to add more bulk … Has above average balance and take up speed, playing with good energy … Only adequate in run support, but is quick to locate and close on the ball … Has the quick feet and loose hips to turn and run coming out of his backpedal and is very effective in trail technique … Shows good explosion in his breaks and a good feel in zone coverage, displaying the range to cover a lot of ground … Does a good job timing his leaps and competing for the jump ball … Flashes some explosion and good range cutting out of his breaks and has the speed to recover when beaten … Does a good job getting his hands on the receiver in attempts to reroute … Leaping skills are valid, showing good production blocking kicks.

Negatives: Needs to add more upper body strength and demonstrate a more physical nature in his game … Will come up in run support, but has marginal bulk and power to shed blocks … Gets good hand placement on the receiver, but lacks the punch needed to shock and jolt the opponent … Looks hesitant at times coming up to fill … Not much of a hitter, as he struggles to defeat blocks on the move and is more of a grab/drag-down tackler than one who will wrap and secure … Will throttle down when not involved in the play … Relies too much on his closing burst at times, allowing a large cushion vs. the receiver.

Martin is a three-year starter with experience at both boundary and field cornerback. He has good athletic agility, fluid hips, quick feet, good change of direction and lateral movement. He is a decent competitor, but not so much in the running game and needs to become more aggressive taking on blocks.

Martin can be late at times reacting breaks by receivers, but does a good job overall, plays with good ball awareness and has good man coverage sense. He learns the game well, but in man coverage, he uses the one-leg up technique and will false step when he backpedals. When he gets too high in his pedal, he will side-shuffle. When he gives too large of a cushion, he can be late reacting to the break and will get turned around at times, but has good recovery quickness to make the tackle.

Martin is better as a press cornerback, where he gets his hands on the receiver, as he does a good job turning and running. He has good mirror skills and fluid hips to turn and run, along with the speed to stay with his man. He can get beat inside, but runs well enough to recover. At the top of the route, he has sense enough to look for the ball, showing no problems judging and making a play on it.

Martin does a good job of timing his leaps to get the interception or pass breakup. His zone coverage skills are good, as he can identify route combinations and react to the pass, but could be more aggressive closing. He is not a physical tackler and will wait to make the hit when he absolutely has to. At that point, he will dive, cut or grab in attempts to make the play rather than wrap and secure. Overall, Martin shows good promise for a nickel package, but needs to get more physical in his play, especially vs. the run, if he ever hopes to start at the next level.

Career Notes

Started his last 24 games for the Cowboys … Blocked three punts during his career, returning two for touchdowns.

2005 Season

All-Mountain West Conference honorable mention … Shifted to boundary cornerback, helping the team lead the conference in pass defense (207.4 ypg) … Recorded 47 tackles (32 solos) with a 6-yard sack and 3.5 stops for losses of 10 yards … Returned a blocked punt 8 yards and caused a fumble … Deflected seven passes and intercepted three others for 13 yards in returns … Also had a 26-yard kickoff return.

2005 Game Analysis

Florida … Opened the season with five solo tackles and a pass deflection … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Kestahn Moore-Two catches for 11 yards.

Louisiana-Monroe … Posted three hits, batting away a third-and-3 pass intended for receiver Drouzen Quillen and also caused a fumble when he tackled Larry Davenport after a 5-yard catch, but ULM recovered the ball in the second quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Larry Davenport-Two catches for 9 yards.

Air Force … Added three hits … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- Slot Back Greg Kirkwood-One catch for 13 yards.

Mississippi … Collected five tackles (4 solos), including one that stopped QB Robert Lane for a 6-yard loss on a first quarter option … Picked off a Lane third-and-6 pass in the third quarter and gained 8 yards on a blocked punt return, but also allowed a 41-yard scoring grab by Mike Espy on a fourth quarter toss from QB Michael Spurlock … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Two catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Credited with five tackles and a pass deflection … Intercepted a Jarrod Jackson pass for a 10-yard touchdown return in the second quarter, but Jackson caught Martin peeking into the backfield and connected with Casey Flair on a 9-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Casey Flair-Seven catches for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Texas Christian … Facing one of the conference's premier receivers, Cory Rodgers, Martin did not allow any receptions while posting five tackles with a pass deflection and also intercepted a Jeff Ballard pass midway through the second quarter, returning the ball 3 yards to set up Corey Bramlet's 31-yard touchdown toss to Cowboy receiver Jovon Bouknight … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Cory Rodgers-No catches.

New Mexico … Returned a kickoff 26 yards and was in on three solo tackles, including one that stopped tailback DonTrell Moore for a 1-yard loss at the start of the third quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Hank Baskett-Two catches for 12 yards.

Colorado State … Deflected a pass and delivered six hits (5 solos) … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Dustin Osborn-One catch for 21 yards.

Utah … Registered eleven tackles (4 solos) and stopped Mike Liti for a 2-yard loss on a second quarter pass from Brian Johnson, but Johnson then hit John Madsen with touchdowns of 11 & 12 yards to John Madsen on the Utes' next two drives … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR John Madsen-Twelve catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Brigham Young … Started, but did not record any tackles … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Todd Watkins-Three catches for 31 yards.

San Diego State … Closed out his career with three pass deflections and three solo tackles, knocking down a third-and-3 pass thrown by QB Kevin O'Connell that was intended for Jeff Webb, as the Aztecs then settled for a 32-yard field goal on that fourth quarter drive … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Jeff Webb-Seven catches for 115 yards.

2004 Season

All-Mountain West Conference second-team choice … Named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Bronko Nagurski Award Committee following his performance vs. Mississiippi … Started all year at field cornerback, finishing fourth on the team with 60 tackles (43 solos), including a 10-yard sack and 4.5 stops for losses of 29 yards … Gained 8 yards on a fumble recovery and 109 yards on five kickoff returns (21.8 avg) … Caused a fumble and deflected fourteen passes,..Returned three interceptions for 36 yards and scored on a 17-yard blocked punt return.

2004 Game Analysis

Appalachian State … Blocked a punt in the second quarter that he returned for a touchdown and made three hits (2 solos) with an assisted stop for a 3-yard loss.

Texas A&M … Posted seven solo tackles.

Mississippi … Earned National Player of the Week and MWC Player of the Week honors, making a diving grab of an interception in the end zone, as he also set a school game-record with seven pass deflections … Recorded nine tackles (8 solos).

Louisiana-Monroe … Had seven tackles (6 solos), including one that stopped Kevin Payne for a 7-yard loss late in the second quarter and gained 33 yards on two kickoff returns.

San Diego State … Added five tackles and intercepted a Matt Dlugolecki pass in the third quarter.

Air Force … Posted five stops, including one that took down QB Shawn Casey for an 8-yard loss on an option and also deflected one pass.

Nevada-Las Vegas … Made seven tackles with a pass break-up and picked off a Shane Steichen pass at midfield, returning the ball 36 yards to set up J.J. Raterink's 1-yard scoring lob to Wade Betschart midway through the third quarter.

UCLA (Las Vegas Bowl) … Posted three tackles, causing a fumble when he sacked QB David Koral for a 10-yard loss, recovering the ball and advancing it 8 yards.

2003 Season

Became an immediate contributor as a true freshman, playing in six games, earning four starts at free safety … Suffered a broken bone in his left hand vs. Oklahoma State, missing four weeks of action … Finished with 27 tackles (17 solos) and two fumble recoveries.

2003 Game Analysis

Scored the first touchdown for Wyoming in the 2003 season opener vs. Montana State, recovering a blocked punt and running it into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown … Made seven tackles and recovered a fumble in his first game back at San Diego State … Recorded eight tackles in a 35-28 home victory over Colorado State … At Utah, Martin again recorded seven tackles … Recovered a fumble vs. Nevada-Las Vegas and blocked one punt vs. Oklahoma State.

Injury Report

2003: Suffered a broken bone in his left hand vs. Oklahoma State (9/06), sitting out the Kansas, Boise State, Air Force and Brigham Young games.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.53 in the 40-yard dash … 2.57 20-yard dash … 1.58 10-yard dash … Bench-pressed 225 pounds 17 times … 40-inch vertical jump … 10'7" broad jump … 3.95 20-yard shuttle … 10.69 60-yard shuttle … 6.72 three-cone drill … 30 -inch arm length … 8 7/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Thomas Jefferson (Denver, Colo.) High School, playing football for head coach Dan Turnbull … One of the most sought after players in the State of Colorado his senior year … Earned All-Colorado and All-State Class 5A honors from The Denver Post his senior season … Named the Most Valuable Player of the Denver Prep 5A league as a senior … Led his team to the quarterfinals of the 2001 state playoffs and to the 2002 state semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Columbine … In four years on the team, he helped T.J. compile a 38-10 record and win four City Championships … A team captain, he was an outstanding quarterback and defensive back … As a senior, Martin completed 96 of 185 passes for 1,475 yards and 10 touchdowns and carried the ball 138 times for 830 yards and three scores … An all-around athlete, he was the starting point guard on the basketball team and led the state in steals through much of his senior season … Earned All-City honors and was a team captain … Also excelled on the track team. Martin ran career bests of 10.5 seconds in the 100-meters, 22.3 in the 200 and 48.6 in the 400 meters … Part of the team's 4x100 meter relay team that placed sixth in the State Championships his junior year … Achieved honor roll all four years … Named a Mayor's Mile High Academic Scholar, and earned Renaissance Academic Scholar honors two years … Class representative to the Thomas Jefferson High student council.

Personal

Elementary Education major … Son of Rhonda Martin … Born 5/16/85 … Resides in Denver, Colorado.

 
 

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