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.
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).
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).
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.
Rookie Defensive end Ziggy Ansah has recorded four sacks in his last four games and has joined the conversation for rookie of the year honors
Rookie P Sam Martin is drawing attention for his big leg and ability to pin opponents, but the coverage units are performing well also
Tim and Mike discuss the performances of Defensive ends Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor, cornerback Darius Slay and punter Sam Martin in the Lions' Thanksgiving Day win over Packers.
Former WR Herman Moore goes one-on-one with P Sam Martin about changing his kicking technique, facing dynamic kick returners and being named the special teams player of the week.
Tim and Mike discuss P Sam Martin's impressive showing at the team's rookie mini-camp, as well as the adjustments he's making from college to the pros. Ther