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Sam Martin named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 3 performance

Posted Sep 25, 2013

In the Lions' 27-20 win, Martin recorded 6 punts for 351 yards (52.5 average) and finished with a net punting average of 40.7

Rookie punter Sam Martin was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his Week 3 performance at Washington.

Sam MartinP Sam Martin (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

In the Lions' 27-20 win, Martin recorded 6 punts for 351 yards (52.5 average) and finished with a net punting average of 40.7.

Martin's 52.5 average is the highest single-game average by a Lions' punter with at least 6 punts since Pat Studstill recorded a 53.0 average on 7 punts vs. Chicago, September 11, 1966. It's also the second-highest punting average with a minimum of 6 punts in a game since 1960.

Among Martin's punts was a 72-yarder, which is the longest punt recorded by the Lions since Tom Skladany recorded a 74-yard punt vs. Oakland, September 27, 1981.

Through the first three games, Martin has served as the Lions' punter, kickoff man and holder. He's recorded 15 punts (48.5 average) and holds a net punting average of 42.7.

Following the season opener vs. Minnesota, special teams coordinator John Bonamego expressed his confidence in the rookie.

"He's been able to do all three at a very high level," Bonamego said. "I'm not worried about Sam. He's a very mentally tough kid and he's a great athlete."

Martin is the first Lions punter to earn the nod since Jim Arnold during Week 18 of the 1993 season.

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