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Martin Signs With Lions PDF Print
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Monday, 13 May 2013 09:30

Sam Martin signed a four-year contract through 2016 with the Detroit Lions. Martin was taken by Detroit in the fifth round (165th pick) of the National Football League Draft on April 27. Martin signed his four-year deal on Friday. Martin, who was named first-team All-America by the Associated Press in 2012 after ranking third nationally with a 45.9-yard punting average as a senior, joins a Detroit team that was dead last in gross punting average at 41.4 yards a game last season. The Lions tied the Philadelphia Eagles for 30th with a net average of 36.9 yards. They were 22nd, with 24 punts inside the 40.
Worst of all, they were one of only four teams that gave up two punt returns for touchdowns. Some breakdowns were caused by the coverage units, but Schwartz also faulted the execution on directional punting.
Martin's 45.9-yard average was the second-highest in school history, behind only a 47.3-yard average compiled in 1991 by the only other Appalachian State punter ever selected in the NFL Draft, Harold Alexander, who was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (67th overall) in 1993.
Twenty-five of Martin’s 60 punts were downed inside the opponent’s 20 yard line last season, which set a school record for punts downed inside the 20 and helped the Mountaineers rank second nationally with a 40.8-yard net punting average. He also excelled as Appalachian’s kickoff specialist (averaging 63.1 yards with 45 touchbacks in 71 kickoffs) and place-kicker (making 7-of-10 field goals, including the final five of the season).
For his career, Martin ranked third in Appalachian State history with 226 punts and 9,397 punting yards, sixth with a 41.6-yard punting average and finished with 79 punts downed inside the 20 yard line and 38 that traveled 50 yards or more.

McCray Agrees To Terms With Jaguars

Defensive back Demetrius McCray, a two-time all-America cornerback at Appalachian State, agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars on April 29. McCray, who received second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press as a senior last season and fourth-team recognition from Phil Steele Publications as a junior, was taken by the Jaguars in the seventh round (210th pick) in the NFL Draft on April 28.
McCray tied for the Southern Conference lead with four interceptions in 2012, becoming the first Mountaineer cornerback to ever lead the league in interceptions twice (he also paced the SoCon with five INTs in 2011). McCray also led Appalachian with eight passes defended, ranked sixth on the squad with 55 tackles from his cornerback position and forced a fumble. He was one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Buck Buchanan Award, which is presented to the nation’s top defensive player in NCAA Division I FCS.
He finished his collegiate career with 10 interceptions, 26 passes defended, two forced fumbles and 123 total tackles.


Photo Courtesy: Sam Martin, ASU Athletics

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