Martin Making Spring Strides
In 2006 he made his way into the receiving rotation, making appearances in nine games, totaling six catches for 73 yards and one touchdown against Ohio State. Injuries plagued Martin throughout the 2007 season, keeping him off the field for the entirety of his sophomore year. After getting healthy and making a slight position change, Martin hopes to battle through the deep UC receiving core and see the field once again this coming season. Martin, a 6’-0”, 195 lb. Green Springs, Ohio native, has been getting involved in the UC passing game this spring. While getting into the rotation during spring practice scrimmages, Martin has shown signs he can be a serious possession receiver for the Bearcats “I’m just trying to get back in the rotation,” said Martin of one of his goals for the year. “My red shirt freshman year I got into the rotation, I played. Then last year I didn’t see any playing time at all. I got injured, saw injuries all year.” In order to make his way back into that receiving rotation, Martin will have to lose the injury bug that plagued him last season. “My main goal is just try to get healthy and stay healthy through summer camp,” said the Clyde High School grad. “This year I’m just trying to stay healthy, get back in the rotation.” In regards to his main goal, Martin didn’t exactly get off to a flying start this spring, however. “Well, I already pulled a hamstring the second day of spring ball,” said Martin, pointing at his wrapped right leg. Despite the pull, Martin has been able to fully participate and contribute thus far this spring. And like most Bearcats it seems, he’s made a position change this spring, albeit a small one. Don’t worry, Martin isn’t going to be battling linemen or blocking backers. “Jared Martin, we actually moved him from the X position to the W position yesterday (4/15), and he’s really adapted seamlessly,” said UC wide receivers coach Charley Molnar. Molnar likes what he has seen from Martin this spring, noting the receiver has made serious improvements since this time last year. “He looks like a receiver,” said Molnar. “A year ago he didn’t seem very natural at the position. He’s into the flow of the offense right now and he’s doing a nice job.” “His biggest thing is he has to be more consistent in catching the football,” added coach Molnar on where he would like to see Martin continue to improve this spring and into the fall season. The UC depth chart at wide out will provide Martin with a fight to earn serious playing time. Molnar says Martin is currently backing up number one receiver Dominick Goodman, and it will be up to Martin to maintain that position. Martin is optimistic that he’ll see playing time this fall, with his versatility being the main reason for his confidence and hope. “Well right now they’ve put me at two different positions, so I’ll know all the receiver spots,” said Martin. “So that’ll put me I guess a little up on the other guys that only know one spot.” If he can stay healthy through to the fall, Martin should have serious opportunity to see game action this coming season. We’ll continue to watch the receivers situation through the remainder of spring ball, starting again bright and early Tuesday morning.