PLAYER
Sam Martin
P #6
Height:
6-1
Weight:
211
Age:
27
College:
Appalachian State
Hometown:
Fayetteville, GA
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2017):

PUNTS
15
AVG
43.1
LNG
55
IN 20
6
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesPunter
GGSPuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIn 20TBFCRetRetYTD
TOTAL 297 13,873 12,362 72 46.7 41.6 1 17 35 105 22 77 146 1,071 1
2017 DET 5 0 15 647 590 55 43.1 39.3 0 3 1 6 1 4 6 37 0
2016 DET 16 0 62 3,010 2,740 63 48.5 44.2 0 3 7 23 3 14 35 210 0
2015 DET 16 0 80 3,679 3,356 66 46 42 0 4 10 25 3 20 43 263 0
2014 DET 16 0 68 3,138 2,727 71 46.1 40.1 0 2 10 29 5 21 30 311 1
2013 DET 16 0 72 3,399 2,949 72 47.2 40.4 1 5 7 22 10 18 32 250 0
Recent Games
WKOppResultPunter
PuntsYdsNet YdsLngAvgNet AvgBlkOOBDnIn 20TBFCRetRetYTD
8 PIT L 15-20 3 119 119 55 39.7 39.7 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
9 @GB W 30-17 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 CLE W 38-24 4 176 145 48 44 36.3 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 11 0
11 @CHI W 27-24 4 172 160 53 43 40 0 1 0 3 0 1 2 12 0
12 MIN L 23-30 4 180 166 49 45 41.5 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 14 0

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Biography

Fifth-year punter who took over the Lions’ punting, holding and kickoff duties in 2013, and has established himself as one of the best young legs in the NFL.

MANE FACTS

  • NFC Special Teams Player of the Week: 2013 (Week 3), 2016 (Week 1).

TRANSACTIONS

  • Activated from Reserve/Non-Football Injury on October 28, 2017.
  • Placed on Reserve/Non-Football Injury on September 2, 2017.
  • Placed on Active/Non-Football Injury on July 25, 2017.
  • Signed by the Lions to a contract extension on September 9, 2016.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

FRANCISE RECORDS AND NOTES
In only four NFL seasons, Martin currently holds the Lions single-game record for net punting average (55.5) and the Top-4 single season records for net punting average with a 40.4 in 2013, 40.1 in 2014, 42.0 in 2015 and 44.2 in 2016, which ranks first in Lions history. He also holds four of the Top-7 records for single-season gross punting average, as well as the highest single-game gross punting average (58.8) in franchise history.

2016: Set new team single-game records for net punting average (55.5) and gross punting average (58.8) in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11).
  • Finished the regular season with a 44.2 net punting average, breaking the previous Lions record of 42.0, which he set in 2015. His 44.2 net punting average in 2016 ranks as the third-best single-season total in NFL history since the stat became official in 1976.

2015: By registering a 44.7 net punting average in the season finale at Chicago (1/3/16), Martin re-set the team’s then-single-season record by completing the season with a 42.0 net punting average. He broke his previous record of 40.4 that he established in 2013. Martin is the only Lions punter since net punting became an official statistic in 1976 that has finished with a 40.0+ net punting average in a season, and he has accomplished this in each of his three NFL seasons.

  • Martin showed his versatility in Week 10 vs. the Dolphins (11/9/14) as he completed two passes out of punt formation, one of which went for 24 yards to FB Jed Collins for a first down. Over the last 10 seasons, only one other NFL player has had two pass completions and two punts in the same game (Rams P Johnny Hekker in 2012). The last Lions player to do so was Earl Morrall, Detroit’s starting quarterback in 1963 who assumed punting duties at midseason after Yale Lary was injured. (courtesy Elias Sports Bureau).

2013: Martin finished the 2013 season with a net punting average of 40.40 and broke the then-franchise record (official statistic since 1967) for net punting average. He became the first punter in franchise history to finish the season with a 40+-yard net punting average. Martin surpassed the previous record held by P Jim Arnold (39.63) in 1987.

  • He became the second rookie punter to finish the season with a 40+-yard net punting average. His 40.40 net punting average is the second-highest in League history among rookies (since net punting became official in 1976) behind only Jacksonville P Bryan Anger (40.85) in 2012.
  • He also recorded the second highest (gross) punting average by a rookie (minimum 20 punts) in NFL history. His 47.21 ranks behind Anger’s 47.84 that he accumulated in 2012.
  • Martin tallied a (gross) punting average of 47.21 in 2013 (72 punts for 3,399 yards). His 47.21 average is the third highest single-season punting average in team history and he is the first Lions punter in 50 years (Hall of Fame P/S Yale Lary 48.94 in 1963) to finish the season with a 47+-yard punting average. His 2013 output trails only Yale Lary’s 1963 total, which is a team single-season record, and Lary’s 48.44 average in 1961.
  • Martin broke the team’s rookie record for punting average (47.2) by surpassing P/RB Bob Cifer’s 45.6 average in 1946.
  • Martin earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance at Washington (9/22/13), where he recorded six punts for 351 yards (52.5 average) and finished with a net punting average of 40.7. He became the first Lions punter to win the award since Jim Arnold in 1993.
  • The 72-yard punt by Martin was the second-longest in team history by a rookie, and the longest since P Bob Cifers nailed a 73-yard punt as a rookie vs. Green Bay November 17, 1946.
  • Martin’s average of 52.5 was the highest single-game average by a Lions punter with at least six punts since P Pat Studstill recorded a 53.0 average on seven punts vs. Chicago September 11, 1966. It is the second-highest punting average with a minimum of six punts in a game since 1960.
  • With a 50.2 net punting average at Arizona (9/15/13), Martin set a new franchise record for net punting average in a game (official statistic since 1976) with a minimum of five punts.
  • Martin became the first rookie punter in the NFL to record a 50.0+ net punting average with a minimum of five punts since New England P Shawn McCarthy had a 51.6 net punting average (five punts) at Buffalo 11/3/91.

PRO
Fifth-year punter who took over the Lions’ punting, holding and kickoff duties in 2013, and has established himself as one of the best young legs in the NFL.

2016: Set a new team single-game record for net punting average (55.5) and tied the second-highest single-game net punting average in NFL history Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11).

  • Punted five times for 217 yards (43.4 avg.) with a long of 51 and all five landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 2 vs. Tennessee (9/18).
  • Punted twice for 95 yards (47.5 avg.) with a long of 49 in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25).
  • Punted five times for 245 yards (49.0 avg.) with a long of 57 and one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2).
  • Tallied three punts for 159 yards (53.0 avg.) with a long of 57 and one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 5 vs. Philadelphia (10/9).
  • Punted twice for 104 yards (52.0 avg.) with a long of 56 and one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16).
  • Recorded three punts for 153 yards (51.0 avg.) with a long of 58 and one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23).
  • Punted five times for 233 yards (44.6 avg.) with a long of 52 in Week 8 at Houston. Through eight games, Martin has accumulated a net punting average of 45.2, good for the second-highest total through the first eight games of a season since 1992 (45.6, Baltimore P Sam Koch in 2015).
  • Punted five times for 262 yards (52.4 avg.) with a long of 55 in Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6).
  • Punted six times for 291 yards (48.5 avg.) in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20), including a 61-yard boot that was downed inside the 20-yard line without a return. Landed a total of three punts inside the 20-yard line on the afternoon.
  • Punted four times for 168 yards (42.0 avg.) with a long of 51 and two landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 12 vs. Minnesota (11/24).
  • Used just twice in a Week 13 win at New Orleans (12/4), punting for 85 yards (42.5 avg.) with a long of 53 and one landing inside the 20-yard line.
  • Punted twice for 102 yards (51.0 avg.) with a long of 57 that pinned the Bears inside their own 20-yard line without a return in Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11).
  • In Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18), he punted six times for 275 yards (45.8 avg.), including a 63-yard punt that landed inside the Giants 20-yard line with no return. The 63-yarder tied a season-long (9/11 at Ind).
  • On Monday Night Football in Week 16 at Dallas (12/26), he punted four times for 196 yards (49.0 avg.) with a long of 54 and two landing inside the 20-yard line.
  • Punted four times for 200 yards (50.0 avg.) with a long of 56 and two landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1).
  • Punted five times for 232 yards (46.4 avg.) with a long of 55 and two landing inside the 20-yard line in the NFC Wild Card Game at Seattle (1/7).

2015: Started the 2015 season punting five times for 176 yards, including three punts inside the 20-yard line in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13). Also handled the teams’ kickoff duties as he booted three touchbacks.

  • Punted four times for 177 yards (44.3 avg.) with a long of 53 and two landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20). Also kicked off and recorded one touchback.
  • Punted five times for 266 yards (53.2 avg.) with a long of 66 and one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27). His 53.2 yards per punt was his highest single-game gross punting average in games which he registered 5+ punts.
  • Punted eight times for 367 yards (45.9 avg.) with a long of 62 and three landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5). His eight punts and 367 yards are both career highs.
  • Tallied four punts for 172 yards (43.0 avg.) with three landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11).
  • Punted four times for 221 yards (55.3 avg.) with a long of 60 in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18). His 55.3 punting average marked career-high.
  • Booted six punts for 296 yards (49.3 avg.), including one punt inside the 20-yard line in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25).
  • Punted six times for 282 yards (47.0 avg.) in Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1)..
  • Punted seven times for 297 yards (42.4 avg.), including four punts inside the 20-yard line in Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15).
  • Booted five punts for 238 yards (47.6 avg.), including one punt inside the 20-yard line in Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22).
  • Punted four times for 184 yards (46.0 avg.) in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26). Also became the sixth kickoff specialist to record 8+ kickoffs in a game and 100.0 percent touchback percentage, earning his second career NFC Player of the Week Award.
  • Punted six times for 274 yards (45.7 avg.) with two punts landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3).
  • Punted seven times for 322 yards (46.0 avg.) with two punts landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13).
  • Booted three punts for 133 yards (44.3 avg.) with one punt landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21).
  • Nailed three punts for 131 yards (43.7 avg.) with a long of 52 yards and two punts landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27). Was instrumental in the team’s successful fake punt, when he handed the ball off to S Isa Abdul-Quddus, who converted the fourth down with a four-yard rush.
  • Netted three punts for 143 yards (47.7 avg.) with a long of 58 yards in Week 17 at Chicago (1/3).

2014: Returned for his second season as the Lions’ leg on special teams, booming 68 punts for 3,318 yards (41.6 avg) and a net average of 40.1. Also landed 29 punts inside the 20-yard line and posted a long of 71 yards.

  • Started the 2014 season with a gross punting average of (54.5) with a long of 57, which ranked fifth in the NFC, in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Recorded five punts for 233 yards (46.6 avg) in Week 2 at Carolina (9/14).
  • Recorded two punts for 104 yards (52.0 avg) with a long of 55 in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Nailed six punts for 306 yards (51.0 avg) with a long of 55 in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Registered seven punts for 330 yards (47.1 avg) with a long of 60 in Week 4 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Punted seven times for 341 yards (48.7 avg) with a long of 63 and two landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Recorded five punts for 213 yards (42.6 avg) with four landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Punted three times for 124 yards (34.7 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26).
  • Registered three punts for 137 yards (45.7 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line while also going 2-for-2 for 27 yards passing the ball in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/9).
  • Punted six times for 249 yards (41.5 avg) with three landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Registered five punts for 231 yards (46.2 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Punted three times for 153 yards (51.0 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Registered three punts for 155 yards (51.7 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/7).
  • Punted six times for 266 yards (44.3 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Nailed four punts for 152 yards (38.0 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Punted four times for 142 yards (35.5 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

2013: Finished the season ranked sixth in the NFL (third in NFC) in gross punting average (47.2), 10th (seventh in NFC) in net punting average (40.4) and tied for 10th with 32 punts of 50+ yards. His 40.40 net punting average broke the franchise record (official statistic since 1967) for net punting average.

  • In his NFL debut for the Lions, punted four times for 152 yards (38.0 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8).
  • Nailed five punts for 261 yards (52.2 avg) in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15) and accumulated a 50.2 net punting average.
  • Recorded six punts for 351 yards (52.5 average) in Week 3 at Washington (9/22) and finished with a net punting average of 40.7 despite three touchbacks. Martin was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.
  • Punted three times for 150 yards (50.0 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 57 yards in Week 4 vs. Chicago (9/29).
  • Recorded six punts for 311 yards (51.8 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 58 yards in Week 5 at Green Bay (10/6).
  • Punted five times (all in first half) in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13) and garnered a 45.8 average. Martin accumulated a 47.8 net punting average with three punts downed inside the 20-yard line and had no touchbacks.
  • Punted four times for 173 yards (43.3 avg) in Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20) with three landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 65 yards.
  • Recorded four punts for 203 yards (50.8 avg) with a long of 64 yards in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27).
  • Punted four times for 178 yards (44.5 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 59 yards in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Recorded three punts for 152 yards with a long of 59 yards in Week 11 at Pittsburgh (11/17).
  • Had four punts for 151 yards (37.8 avg) with one landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 56 yards in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Put the Packers inside the 20-yard line with a 33-yard punt in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Punted six times for 236 yards (39.3 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Recorded five punts for 230 yards (46.0 avg) with three landing inside the 20-yard line in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Punted six times for 270 yards (45.0 avg) with two landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 55 yards in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).
  • Punted seven times for 355 yards (50.7 avg) and recorded a net punting average of 36.9 in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

COLLEGE
Ranks third in Appalachian State history with 226 punts and 9,397 yards and sixth with a 41.6-yard punting average. Became only the second specialist in Appalachian State history to be selected in the NFL Draft since Harold Alexander was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (67th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft.

2012: Became a multi-dimensional threat on special teams, going 7-for-10 on field goal attempts in addition to his punting duties. Had a stellar senior season, racking up a career-high 2,755 punting yards on 60 punts (45.9 avg, the largest of his career) with a long of 68 yards, nearly tying his career-long of 69.

  • Named 2012 NCAA Division I FCS Punter of the Year by College Football Performance Awards and was an AP First All-American. Named First Team All-Southern Conference as a punter by the league’s coaches and media and named Second Team All-SoCon as a place kicker by the league’s coaches.
  • Earned SoCon Player of the Week three times (9/1 at East Carolina, 10/13 vs. Samford, 11/10 vs. Furman).
  • Averaged 45.9 yards per punt, ranking third nationally and second in Appalachian State history.
  • Of his 60 punts in 2012, 29 were fair-caught (48.3 percent), 25 were downed inside the 20-yard line (41.6 percent), 14 traveled 50 yards or more (23.3 percent) and only 16 were returned (26.6 percent). His 25 punts downed inside the 20-yard line set a new school record.
  • Took over ASU’s place-kicking duties for the final four games of the season and made 23-of-27 kicks (7-of-10 field goals, 16-of-17 extra points).

2011: Earned Second Team all-Southern Conference accolades despite battling a nagging groin injury throughout the season, finishing fourth in the conference and 27th nationally in punting average (40.9 ypp).

  • Turned in perhaps his best individual performance of the season in the season-opening loss at Virginia Tech, averaging 45 yards on eight punts, including two kicks of 50 yards or more.
  • Booted a season-long 69-yard punt in the home opener against North Carolina A&T that tied for eighth-longest in school history. Also kicked a 51-yard field goal in the game, tying for seventh-longest in program history.
  • Was named national and conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Savannah State.

2010: Played in all 13 games, booting 60 of ASU’s 61 punts on the season and ranking fourth in the Southern Conference with a 39.2-yard average. 31 of his 60 punts were fair caught (51.7 percent), 19 were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line (31.7 percent) and only nine were able to be returned (15 percent).

  • Had seven punts of 50 yards or longer and downed at least one punt inside the 20-yard line in 11-of-13 games.
  • Was twice named SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week.
  • Averaged a season-high 46 yards per kick and booted a season-best 63-yarder against Villanova.
  • Handled kickoffs for the first four games of the season, averaging 65.5 yards per kick.

2009: Exclusively handled ASU’s punting and kickoff duties as a red-shirt freshman and was named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team by the league’s coaches. Averaged 40.0 yards on 52 punts, ranking third in the SoCon and 28th nationally.

PERSONAL
A former soccer standout, played just one year of high school football where he averaged 69 yards per kickoff and was named all-county following his only gridiron campaign at Starr’s Mill (Ga.) High School under Head Coach Mike Earwood.

  • Four-year soccer letterman and earned all-state recognition as a junior.
  • A member of the Dean’s List and ASU athletics’ and Southern Conference academic honor rolls, majored in business marketing (pre-law).
  • Father, Tom Martin, was a three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball and baseball) at Eastern Michigan University.

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