Henderson, Martin named to Academic All-District team
Nov. 6, 2015
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University offensive lineman Kyle Henderson, from Moon Township, and defensive lineman Marcus Martin, from West Mifflin, were named to first team Academic All-District honors Nov. 5 in an announcement from the College Sports Information Directors of America.
In order to be eligible for Academic All-District honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standing, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater and have significant athletic credentials. All first team selections to the Academic All-District team are eligible for the Academic All-America ballot.
Henderson is a repeat selection to the Academic All-District team after also earning the honor last fall. Martin is a first-time selection in his first year of eligibility for the award. Henderson is one of just five offensive linemen from the region to be honored, while Martin is one of only four defensive linemen to be selected.
Henderson, a senior, has a 3.57 cumulative GPA as a dual major in criminology and safety management. Martin, a junior, has a 3.54 cumulative GPA in the safety management program.
Both Slippery Rock honorees have excelled in the classroom and are among the best players at their position in the entire region.
Henderson has started 34 straight games on the offensive line and has made all nine starts this season at left guard. He blocks for one of the most powerful offenses in the nation as Slippery Rock ranks second among all Division II teams in scoring offense at 45.6 points per game, fourth in the country in total offense at 516.6 yards per game and ninth in the nation in rushing offense at 283.7 yards per game. The Rock has rushed for 35 touchdowns this fall, one shy of the all-time program record for a single-season.
Slippery Rock's offensive line is also asked to move at a higher pace than every other line in the region, as the team averages 87.7 offensive plays per game and has twice topped the 100-play mark in a game this season.
While Henderson helps anchor one of the best offensive lines in the region, Martin is the star of one of the best defensive front fours in the country. The Rock rank third in the nation against the run, allowing just 68.4 yards per game. SRU is first in the nation in fumbles recovered with 15 and third in the nation in total takeaways with 29. The Rock is also 16th in sacks per game with 3.1.
Martin leads all active NCAA football players at any level, including Division I FBS programs, in career sacks per game at 1.10. That number ties him with Texas A&M's Myles Garrett, who is highly touted as one of the best defensive linemen in the nation.
A consensus All-American and the only freshman in the nation to be named to the AP Little All-America team last fall, Martin has recorded 23 sacks in the first 21 games of his career. He has also tallied 33 tackles for loss in that span. He broke the SRU single-season record for sacks with 16 last fall and leads the team with seven this year. He is third overall on the SRU roster with 57 total tackles, including 10.5 for loss. Martin has also recovered a team-high three fumbles and forced a team-high two fumbles.
Henderson and Martin will both advance to the Academic All-America ballot now. The Academic All-American team will be announced Dec. 2.
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