Martin named Super Region One Defensive Player of the Year


Slippery Rock University's Marcus Martin, a safety management major from West Mifflin and tackle on the SRU football team, has been named the Super Region One Defensive Football Player of the Year. It is Martin's third player of the year honor for the 2015 season after taking home the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division honor, and the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association Super Region One honor.

A redshirt junior, Martin averaged an incredible 1.21 sacks per game, the best among all active NCAA football players. No other player in the nation, regardless of NCAA level, averaged more than one sack per game.

Martin has tallied 31.5 total sacks in just two seasons, and is just a half sack from tying the all-time SRU record. The 2015 season saw Martin lead SRU with 15.5 sacks, while 25 of his 88 tacklers were for a loss. He also recorded four fumble recoveries, forced three fumbles and broke up two passes.

Martin is the only player in SRU history to record at least 20 tackles for loss in two separate seasons and is the only player in program history to record more than 13 sacks in a single-season.

Martin was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award this fall and was also an Academic All-American.