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Desmond Martin
RB #40
Height:
6-0
Weight:
221
College:
Wayne State (Mich.)
Hometown:
Portsmouth, VA
Experience:
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Biography

Played in 48 career games at Wayne State and finished in the program’s record books, ranking fourth all-time in rushing yards (2,791), seventh in rushing touchdowns (24) and eighth in rushing attempts (510).  His 5.47 career yards per carry average also ranks third behind only Vic Zucco (1953-54) and Lions RB and former Wayne State product Joique Bell.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 12, 2015.

COLLEGE
Played in 48 career games at Wayne State and finished in the program’s record books, ranking fourth all-time in rushing yards (2,791), seventh in rushing touchdowns (24) and eighth in rushing attempts (510). His 5.47 career yards per carry average also ranks third behind only Vic Zucco (1953-54) and Lions RB and former Wayne State product Joique Bell.

2014: Voted First Team All-GLIAC and named Wayne State’s Offensive Most Valuable Player as a senior. Started all 11 games and became the first player in program history with back-to-back 200-yard games and had three 200-yard games during the season. Finished his senior season with 287 carries for 1,578 yards and 16 touchdowns. Also selected to the USA College Football All-America Second Team.

  • His 1,578 rushing yards in 2014 is the fourth-highest single-season output in program history, while his 16 touchdowns rank sixth.
  • Including his three 200-yard games, altogether posted seven outings with 100 yards or more.
  • Racked up five multi-touchdown games, including three three-touchdown performances against Carson-Newman, Malone and Lake Erie College, respectively.

2013: Recipient of the Courtney "Cortez" Smith Award, which recognizes a member of the Wayne State University football program whose contributions include: a positive approach to all aspects of the program both on and off the field; noticeable improvement to academic growth and progress, as well as skill and physical development; and finally, growing spiritually and contributing to the overall vitality of the football program.

  • Played in all 11 games and finished the season with 139 carries for 665 yards and five touchdowns.

2012: Saw action in all 10 games as a sophomore and concluded the season with 62 carries for 387 yards and one touchdown.

  • Tallied a Wayne State season-high 73-yard run against Hillsdale.

2011: As a freshman, played in all 16 games, scoring his first career touchdown run vs. Urbana on an 89-yard carry.

PERSONAL
Graduated from Redford (Mich.) Thurston High School where he earned two varsity letters in football for the Eagles under coach Bob Snell. Finished his senior season with 84 tackles, five sacks, as well as 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.

  • Named to the Detroit News 2009 All-Metro West First Team as a linebacker and was a 2009 Associated Press Division 3-4 All State Honorable Mention selection.
  • Also lettered in basketball at Thurston.
  • Majored in business administration and management at Wayne State.
  • Son of Darrayl Martin and Cynthia Posey.

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