Football



1  Derrick Martin
Derrick Martin

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Westminster, Colo.

High School:
Thomas Jefferson

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 189

Position:
Cornerback


All-America Candidate

UW This Season: Derrick Martin will be a leading All-America candidate in 2005. He ranked 14th in the nation in passes defended in 2004. Martin earned Second Team All-MWC honors as a sophomore in `04. He was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Bronko Nagurski Award Committee following his outstanding performance against Ole Miss on Sept. 25, 2004. Martin broke up an unheard of seven passes, made nine tackles and came away with a spectacular, diving interception in the end zone to thwart a potentially game-tying drive by the Rebels. The sophomore also earned Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for his Ole Miss performance. Martin has received numerous 2005 preseason honors, including: being ranked as the No. 20 cornerback in the nation by the Sporting News; and being selected as an Honorable Mention All-American by Street & Smith's.

2004: Martin not only led UW in passes broken up, with 14, but he ranked No. 14 in the nation in passes defended with 17, including three interceptions. Martin was fourth on the Cowboy squad in tackles, with 60. He was second on the team in interceptions with three, and ranked ninth in the MWC. In addition to his nine-tackle performance versus Mississippi, Martin had seven tackles in each of three other games -- at Texas A&M, vs. Louisiana-Monroe and at UNLV in a 53-45 triple overtime road win. He returned an interception against UNLV 36 yards to the Rebel 15-yard line. That interception led to a Cowboy touchdown that put the Pokes up 17-14 early in the third quarter. Martin started all 12 games at field cornerback for the Cowboys as a sophomore.

2003: Martin became an immediate contributor as a true freshman in 2003. He scored the first touchdown for Wyoming in the 2003 season opener against Montana State, recovering a blocked punt and running it into the end zone for the score. He played in seven games for UW as a true freshman. His freshman season was disrupted when he broke his left hand in the second game of the season at Oklahoma State. But he came back to play in the final five games of the season, starting four, after former Cowboy free safety Jacque Finn suffered a season-ending leg injury in the BYU game. When Martin came back from his broken hand, he played some outstanding football. He had seven tackles in his first game back at San Diego State. Then he recorded eight tackles in a 35-28 home victory over Colorado State. At Utah, Martin again recorded seven tackles. He ranked 15th on the squad in tackles, with 27 -- 17 solos and 10 assists. He recovered two fumbles in `03 -- one against San Diego State and one in the season finale versus UNLV. Martin also blocked one punt against Oklahoma State.

High School: Martin was one of the most sought after players in the State of Colorado his senior year. He earned All-Colorado and All-State Class 5A honors from The Denver Post his senior season. The All-Colorado team is the All-State team for all classifications. Martin was named the Most Valuable Player of the Denver Prep 5A league as a senior. A team captain, he was an outstanding quarterback and defensive back at Thomas Jefferson High School. As a senior, Martin completed 96 of 185 passes for 1,475 yards and 10 TDs. He carried the ball 138 times for 830 yards and three rushing touchdowns. Martin led his high school team to a 7-4 record as a junior and helped Thomas Jefferson advance to the quarterfinals of the 2001 state playoffs. His senior season, he guided T.J. to a 10-3 record and the 2002 state semifinals, before losing to eventual state champion Columbine. In four years on the T.J. football team, he earned four letters and helped T.J. compile a 38-10 record and win four City Championships. An all-around athlete, Martin was the starting point guard on his high school basketball team where he led the state in steals through much of his senior season. He earned All-City honors in basketball, was a three-year letterman and was a team captain. He also excelled on the track team. He ran career bests of 10.5 in the 100 meters, 22.3 in the 200 and 48.6 in the 400 meters. Martin was part of T.J.'s 4 x 100 meter relay team that placed sixth in the State Championships his junior year. Martin achieved honor roll all four years of high school. He was named a Mayor's Mile High Academic Scholar, and earned Renaissance Academic Scholar honors two years. He was also a class representative to the Thomas Jefferson High student council. His high school football coach was Dan Turnbull. Martin was also recruited by Colorado, Colorado State, Missouri, Oregon and Utah.

Personal: Born May 16, 1985, he is one of two children of Rhonda Martin. He is majoring in elementary education.

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