Saturday, June 11, 2011

Martin Emerges

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Moment #98: Martin's First Sack

Late in the second quarter of the Fordham game and the score tied at 3, the Rams took over at their own 33 with 2:27 left in the half.

Fordham got two quick first downs to get to the Lions 37 with plenty of time to grab the lead before the break.

But a first down incomplete pass was followed by a sack by sophomore Joshua Martin that led to a 3rd and 16 at the 43. Ram QB Blake Wayne's ensuing pass fell incomplete and the tie was preserved.

Martin would finish that game with four total tackles, including that one sack.

It turned out his preformance against Fordham was just a prelude to a breakout game against Towson the following week.

Columbia's defensive line play against the run and in the pass rush was not as effective as any Lion fan hoped for in 2010. But Martin's emergence was a bright spot, especially for a sophomore.

Remember, Martin was a University of Wyoming recruit who changed his mind and decided to come to Columbia. And it's clear now what the Cowboys coaches saw in this young man from Colorado.


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