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Sherrod Martin

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 198 | College: Troy
 
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Overview

After two injury-plagued seasons, Martin was fully healthy in 2008, going on to establish himself as one of the premier pass defenders in the South. He tied the school single-game record and set an NCAA record for most interceptions in a quarter, picking off three passes in the second quarter in the 2008 Alcorn State game.

Those were Martin's first interceptions since Oct. 20, 2005 vs. Florida International. Since then he has undergone three major operations and missed one entire season. "I'm speechless," Martin said after that game. "The team did a lot of good things tonight. The defensive line and linebackers hustled and executed. I had the easy job, all I had to do was catch the football."

One of the hardest hitting safeties in college football, Martin was known for initiating contact. He ranks 14th in the school's storied history with 292 tackles, which are the second most by a Trojans defensive back. His 191 solo stops rank 10th overall and set the school all-time record for secondary performers.

Martin lettered three times as a free safety and wide receiver at Griffin High School. The team captain earned first-team All-Area honors and received the All-Purpose Player of the Year Award from the Griffin Daily News in 2002. He was also named to the All-Area team by Kudzu Magazine as a senior.

In his final season, Martin recorded three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns as a senior, finishing with 70 tackles and five stops for loss. He gained more than 700 yards rushing on 80 carries, as well as scoring seven touchdowns. He caught seven passes for 177 yards and led the team and region in punt returns. He also lettered in basketball four times and participated in track & field for two seasons.

Martin originally signed with Troy in 2003, but deferred enrollment until January 2004. He opened the 2004 season as a reserve, taking over strong safety duties for the final seven games. He finished fourth on the team with 68 tackles (41 solos), including 4.5 stops for loss. He caused two fumbles, deflected five passes, intercepted three others and also blocked one kick.

Despite playing with damage in both shoulders, Martin finished second on the team with 78 tackles (54 solos) in 2005. He switched from jersey No. 13 to No. 6, as he added a sack to go with five stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also broke up 11 passes and intercepted two others. After the season, he underwent surgery on both shoulders and was slow to recover, sitting out the 2006 campaign.

Martin returned to action in 2007 and was brought along slowly the first two games, but he suffered bone fractures in his hand vs. Florida that required surgery, keeping him on the sidelines for the next two games. When he returned, he went on to start six contests as the team's nickel back. He posted 52 tackles (35 solos), sixth on the team, as he tallied three sacks and nine stops for loss. He also caused a school single-season record six fumbles.

Martin returned to his familiar position at free safety for the 2008 season, starting all 13 games. The All-Sun Belt Conference choice ranked third on the squad with a career-high 94 tackles (61 solos). He broke up seven passes and intercepted four others, including three in the second quarter vs. Alcorn State.

Analysis

Positives: Good height and has a wiry, strong frame. … Flies around the field. … Gets to the opposite sideline in a hurry. … His speed and coverage skills take away opponents' deep routes, allowing the defensive line to wreak havoc. … Can work through trash and find the ball. … Has nice length to wrap up in the open field. … Despite his height, Martin has the low, smooth backpedal necessary to play corner. … Has speed to blitz effectively from 10 yards out or close quickly on inside runs. … Used as a gunner on punt returns.

Negatives: May become a safety/corner "tweener." … Instincts are questionable and he will take bad angles to the ballcarrier. … Gets sucked in on play-action. … Is not a consistent tackler in space as he fails to break down, drops his head or tries to tackle the ballcarrier's shoulder pads. … Not the physical force putting fear into receivers over the middle. … Is only adequate against receiver blocks downfield. … Redshirted in 2006 after having surgery on both shoulders (labrum) prior to spring practice. … Missed four games in 2007 with broken bones in his left hand. … Turned 24 during his senior season.

Career Notes

Martin started 37 of 46 games at Troy; 31 at free safety and six at nickel back … Ranks 14th overall in school annals with 292 total tackles, topped only by Derrick Ansley (305, 2000-04) among Trojans defensive backs … Placed 10th overall with 191 solo tackles, topping Ansley's previous school record for defensive backs (186) … Recorded four sacks for minus 17 yards, 18.5 stops for losses of 55 yards and seven quarterback pressures … Had three fumble recoveries, advancing one 11 yards … Caused nine fumbles, setting the school single-season record with six in 2007, which ranked second in the nation that year and tied the Sun Belt Conference mark he shared with Cergile Sincere of Florida Atlantic in 2007 … Deflected 23 passes and intercepted nine others (20th on the school career record list) for 73 yards in returns … His three interceptions in the second quarter vs. Alcorn State in 2008 are the most by an NCAA player in one quarter and only Damon Nickson of Middle Tennessee State (four vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2006) had more interceptions in a game in Sun Belt Conference annals … Also blocked two kicks.

2008 Season

All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report … All-Sun Belt Conference first-team selection … Started all thirteen games at free safety, helping the team lead the league in total defense (327.46 ypg), scoring defense (21.31 ppg), pass defense (124.47 ypg) and passing efficiency defense (107.39 rating; 17th in the nation) … Finished second on the team with a career-high 94 tackles (61 solos), adding two quarterback pressures … Deflected seven passes and ranked fourth in the Sun Belt with four interceptions for 44 yards in returns … Also blocked one kick.

2008 Game Analysis

Back at free safety for the first time since 2005, Martin responded with eight tackles (7 solos) and a pass deflection vs. Middle Tennessee State … Set the NCAA record for most interceptions in a quarter (second) with three pass thefts for 40 yards, adding three hits vs. Alcorn State … Registered twelve tackles (7 solos) vs. Oklahoma State and picked off a pass while delivering seven tackles (5 solos) in a 33-23 win over Florida International Was in on a season-high thirteen hits (11 solos) vs. Louisiana-Monroe and provided six tackles in each of his next two games vs. Western Kentucky (also deflected three passes) and Louisiana State … Followed with seven tackles in each of the Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State clashes … Closed out his career with seven tackles (3 solos) vs. Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl.

2007 Season

All-Sun Belt Conference honorable mention … Started six of ten games he played in at nickel back … Returned after red-shirting to be an integral part of the Troy defense … After seeing little, or no, playing time in the first four games (partly due to broken bones in his hand suffered in the Florida game), he went on to be the Trojans' leading tackler over the last eight games … Not surprisingly, Troy's opponents' scoring average dropped from 39.75 ppg to 12.6 with Martin's return to the lineup … In six starting assignments, Martin ranked sixth on the squad with 52 tackles (35 solos), adding three sacks for minus 13 yards, nine stops for losses of 37 yards and three quarterback pressures … Ranked second in the nation with a school season-record six forced fumbles … Also had one fumble recovery.

2007 Game Analysis

Was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. North Texas, making eleven tackles and three stops for loss, including two sacks for minus 6 yards, causing fumbles on both sacks … Had eight tackles, causing a fumble on a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Louisiana-Monroe … Tallied five tackles (4 solos) with a forced fumble and two stops for minus 5 yards vs. Florida International … Added a 7-yard sack and a forced fumble vs. Arkansas State … Posted six solo tackles and stripped the ball from tailback Knowshon Moreno vs. Georgia, marking the fifth-straight game that he had caused a fumble … Credited with ten tackles (6 solos) and a stop for a 2-yard loss vs. Western Lentucky.

2006 Season

Received a medical red-shirt after having surgery on both shoulders prior to spring practice.

2005 Season

Played most of the season with damage to both shoulders, but still started all eleven games at free safety … Changed to jersey #6 from #13 prior to the season opener, going on to rank second on the team with 78 tackles (54 solos) that included a 4-yard sack, five stops for losses of 9 yards and a QB pressure … Caused and recovered a fumble … Had eleven pass deflections and intercepted two other throws for 2 yards in returns.

2005 Game Analysis

Recorded a season-high 13 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in the game at Louisiana-Lafayette … Was twice named team defensive player of the week, for his performances vs. Alabama-Birmingham and North Texas … Had eight tackles vs. UAB and four pass deflections … In the North Texas clash, he delivered six tackles, including a sack, an interception and two pass break-ups … Registered 11 tackles vs. Louisiana-Monroe.

2004 Season

After starting the season in a reserve and special teams role, Martin worked his way into the starting lineup for the second half of the season … Saw action in all twelve games, the final seven as the starter at strong safety … Finished the year fourth on the team in total tackles with 68 (41 solos) … Had 4.5 stops for minus 9 yards and one pressure … Caused two fumbles and returned one fumble recovery 11 yards … Deflected five passes and gained 27 yards on three interception returns … Also blocked a kick.

2004 Game Analysis

Recorded seven tackles, including two for loss, vs. Utah State … Made his first start vs. Arkansas State and responded with seven tackles and a blocked kick … Posted nine tackles in the game at Louisiana State … Had 10 tackles and made the first two interceptions of his career vs. Idaho … Added four tackles and recorded his third interception of the year in the win over Florida Atlantic … Was credited with four tackles vs. UL-Lafayette … Led the team with a career-high 15 tackles in the season finale vs. Middle Tennessee, as he also had one tackle for loss, forced a fumble and also returned a fumble 11 yards … Gave a solid performance in the Silicon Valley Classic with four tackles, including one for loss, while also forcing a fumble and breaking up a pass vs. Northern Illinois.

Injury Report

2005: Played the entire season with shoulder problems, undergoing surgery to repair his AC joints after the season and was granted a medical hardship for the 2006 campaign.

2007: Suffered broken bones in his hand vs. Florida (9/08) that required surgery, forcing him to sit out vs. Oklahoma State (9/14) and Louisiana-Lafayette (9/22).

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.43 in the 40-yard dash … 1.52 10-yard dash … 2.57 20-yard dash … 3.98 20-yard shuttle … 6.60 three-cone drill … 36-inch vertical jump … 10'3" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times … 31 1/4-inch arm length … 8 1/2-inch hands.

High School

Attended Griffin (Ga.) High School, playing football for head coach Steve Devoursney … Lettered three times as a free safety and wide receiver, as the team captain earned first-team All-Area honors and received the All-Purpose Player of the Year Award from the Griffin Daily News in 2002 … Named to the All-Area team by Kudzu Magazine as a senior … In his final season, Martin recorded three interceptions, returning two for touchdowns as a senior, finishing with 70 tackles and five stops for loss … Gained more than 700 yards rushing on 80 carries, as well as scoring seven touchdowns … Also caught seven passes for 177 yards and led the team and region in punt returns … Lettered in basketball four times and participated in track & field for two seasons.

Personal

Business Management major … Son of Diane and John Martin … Born Jerald Sherrod Martin on 10/12/84 in Griffin, Georgia.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - After two injury-plagued seasons, cornerback Sherrod Martin was fully healthy in 2008, going on to establish himself as one of the premier pass defenders in the South. He tied the school single-game record and set an NCAA record for most interceptions in a quarter, picking off three passes in the second quarter in the 2008 Alcorn State game. Those were Martin's first interceptions since Oct. 20, 2005 vs. Florida International. Since then he has undergone three major operations and missed one entire season. One of the hardest hitting safeties in college football, Martin was known for initiating contact. He ranks 14th in the school's storied history with 292 tackles, which are the second most by a Trojans defensive back. His 191 solo stops rank 10th overall and set the school all-time record for secondary performers. Martin returned to action in 2007 and was brought along slowly the first two games, but he suffered bone fractures in his hand vs. Florida that required surgery, keeping him on the sidelines for the next two games. When he returned, he went on to start six contests as the team's nickel back. He posted 52 tackles (35 solos), sixth on the team, as he tallied three sacks and nine stops for loss. He also caused a school single-season record six fumbles. Martin returned to his familiar position at free safety for the 2008 season, starting all 13 games. "It's about basically making sure I can come in and transition from the college to the pros," Martin said. "I'm a playmaker and I'm always around the ball. I'm a smart guy as far as knowing what is going on around the field. They're going to get a hard ball player."

04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 2/59 -- Sherrod Martin, CB, 6-1, 198, Troy...The Panthers needed a replacement for Ken Lucas and view Martin as a good fit in Ron Meeks' new defensive scheme. He will open up as the nickel back playing behind starters Chris Gamble and Richard Marshall, who is also a former second-round pick.

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