(Entering 2012) Two-year starter in the defensive backfield ... His adjustment from cornerback to safety was one of the highlights of the 2011 season ... Has excellent playing instincts ... Also a physical player and a good tackler ... Had the maturity and ability to earn playing time as a true freshman ... Only began playing football as a junior in high school ... Has played in 31 games, starting 20.
Started the first 10 games before missing the last two because of injury ... Ranked third on the team in tackles with 71 stops, featuring a career-high 10 vs. Central Michigan and LSU ... Made a huge play vs. Jacksonville State when he sacked the quarterback, forcing a fumble that he picked up and returned 40 yards for a touchdown ... Second on the team in pass breakups with five.
Led all Kentucky defensive backs in tackles for loss with 5.5 ... Sacked the quarterback twice on cornerback blitzes ... Fifth on the team in tackles with 55 ... Career-high eight tackles vs. Auburn ... Broke up two passes at Mississippi State.
Played in 10 games ... Started at South?Carolina when both of UK's starting corners were injured ... Totaled 14 tackles on the season with one pass breakup.
First-team all-state in Tennessee Class AAAA as a senior ... Led the state in interceptions with eight pickoffs, returning two for touchdowns ... Only began playing football his junior year at Fairley High School in Memphis ... His achievements are amazing for someone who played football just two years ... Has shown remarkable aptitude for the sport and, of course, has tremendous upside for the future ... Also named all-metro by the Memphis Commercial-Appeal ... Made six interceptions as a junior ... A cornerback on defense, he also saw time as a wide receiver ... Played in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game following his senior season and had an interception in that contest, helping his Red team post a 14-0 shutout ... The No. 30 prospect in Tennessee by Rivals.com ... Made an all-combine team in the summer of 2008 ... Coached by Rahnmann Slocum ... "Martavius has great speed and great size," Slocum said. "He's a hard worker and quick learner, which helped him to overcome not having played football before. He loves going for the football so he can make something happen." ... Member of the track team, competing in the 200- and 400-meter dashes along with the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays ... Went to the state meet in the relays two years, with a best finish of third in the 4x100 and second in the 4x200 as a senior.
Born in Memphis, Tenn. ... Son of Marvin Neloms ... Marvin played college football at Arkansas State ... Major is family sciences.