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Markelle Martin
FS #26
Height:
6-0
Weight:
207
College:
Oklahoma State
Experience:
2

Biography

 

PRO: The Titans used their sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Oklahoma State safety Markelle Martin.  The 6-foot, 213-pounder was a highly-rated safety prospect following his senior season but suffered a knee injury competing in drills after the Senior Bowl.  The knee injury also prevented Martin from playing as a rookie, and he spent the entire 2012 campaign on the Physically Unable to Perform list.  Martin has the foot speed (timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash prior to his injury) and length to handle slot receivers, tight ends and backs coming out of the backfield in multiple-receiver sets, and he will also be expected to contribute on special teams.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    As a senior at Oklahoma State in 2011, Martin was named All-American and All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection after producing 74 tackles, five stops for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He also posted his third-straight season with double-digit passes defensed, recording 11 breakups.
•    As a junior, Martin excelled in pass coverage, as he registered 10 passes defensed and three interceptions.  No interception was more important than his 62-yard return for a touchdown against Arizona that sparked the Cowboys to victory in the Alamo Bowl.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Martin has an affinity for silicone wristbands. He doesn’t know when the collection started, but through the years he’s racked up more than a dozen — each one with a special meaning.  He didn’t take them off for games at Oklahoma State. “I had sleeves sometimes, or they end up under my gloves, so they were sometimes hard to see, but I always had them on.”
•    Martin was the winner of Oklahoma State’s Nate Fleming Award for his classroom performance as a senior.
•    Martin’s off-the-field interests include archery, an activity he recently took up.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was selected by the Titans in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. 

COLLEGE:
•    In four seasons at Oklahoma State, Martin appeared in 48 games, starting the final 37 contests at strong safety and finished his career with 178 tackles, eight stops for losses of 18 yards and one quarterback pressure.  He also registered one fumble recovery, forced two fumbles, deflected 36 passes and had three interceptions for 62 yards in returns, including a touchdown.  His 36 passes defensed tied the school career-record that was first set by Perrish Cox (2006-09).

AS A SENIOR (2011), started all 13 games at strong safety, ranking fourth on the squad with a career-high 74 tackles, while making five stops for losses of 11 yards.  He also led the Cowboys with 11 pass deflections, his third-straight season with double-digit passes defensed and caused a pair of fumbles and recovered another.  Earned All-American first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association and Sports Illustrated and added second-team accolades from the Associated Press and Scout.com.  Was also chosen first-team All-Big 12 Conference by the league’s coaches and second-team by the Associated Press.
•    Against Louisiana Lafayette (9/3), led the team with nine tackles, including a stop for loss, a forced fumble and a team-best three passes defensed.
•    Against Baylor (10/29), recorded four tackles, including a team-high two tackles for loss and a pass defensed.
•    Against Stanford (1/2), collected nine tackles, including a stop for loss and a fumble recovery in the Fiesta Bowl.

AS A JUNIOR (2010), started all 13 games at strong safety and ranked sixth on the team with 55 tackles, including two tackles for loss.  Led the team with 10 passes defensed and tied for second on the team with three interceptions.
•    Against Texas A&M (9/30), posted a season-high eight tackles and was also credited with a pass defensed, a quarterback hurry and an interception.
•    Against Nebraska (10/23), notched seven stops and a team-best three passes defensed.
•    At Kansas State (10/30), picked off a pass to go with four tackles, including a stop for loss.
•    Against Arizona (12/29), earned Game MVP honors after posting four tackles, three passes defensed, including an interception he returned 62 yards for a touchdown in the Alamo Bowl.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2009),  saw action in 11 games, all starts and finished fifth on the team with 45 tackles, despite missing two games.  Finished second on the team with 11 passes defensed.  
•    Against Rice (9/19), notched five tackles and a team-high three passes defensed.
•    At Oklahoma (11/28), recorded six tackles, including a stop for loss.
•    Against Ole Miss (1/2), tallied nine tackles and a pass defensed in the Cotton Bowl.

AS A FRESHMAN (2008), played as a reserve in 11 games as a true freshman and recorded four tackles, four passes defensed and a blocked punt.  Did not play against Oregon or Iowa State.
•    Against Missouri State (9/13), notched a solo tackle, broke up a pass and blocked a punt.
•    Graduated with a degree in secondary education from Oklahoma State.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, resides in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Has a son Issac Anthony Delgado.
•    Attended S.H. Rider High School where he played both safety positions, in addition to wide receiver.  Was a first-team 4A All-State selection as a senior after compiling 81 tackles and five interceptions while leading Rider to a 12-2 record.
•    Rivals.com rated him the 15th-best safety in the nation and the state of Texas’ 27th-best player.  Received Super Prep All-Region honors and was named his district’s Defensive Player of the Year.
•    Earned honorable mention All-State honors as a junior.  
•    Participated in basketball for four years.  Also competed in track and field for four years, including the high jump, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
•    List of favorites: (movies) “The Best Man” and “Antwone Fisher”; (TV show) “House of Payne” and “Flashpoint”; (actor) Derek Luke; (music artists) 80’s and 90’s R&B; (school subject) Algebra; (car) Nissan Titan and Ford F-150; (food) chicken fried steak; (sports hero) Sean Taylor and Ed Reed; and (sports teams as a child) Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.
•    Follow Martin on Twitter at @MarkelleMar10.
•    Born Markelle Jermaine Martin on June 20, 1990 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

 

PRO: The Titans used their sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Oklahoma State safety Markelle Martin.  The 6-foot, 213-pounder was a highly-rated safety prospect following his senior season but suffered a knee injury competing in drills after the Senior Bowl.  The knee injury also prevented Martin from playing as a rookie, and he spent the entire 2012 campaign on the Physically Unable to Perform list.  Martin has the foot speed (timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash prior to his injury) and length to handle slot receivers, tight ends and backs coming out of the backfield in multiple-receiver sets, and he will also be expected to contribute on special teams.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    As a senior at Oklahoma State in 2011, Martin was named All-American and All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection after producing 74 tackles, five stops for loss, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He also posted his third-straight season with double-digit passes defensed, recording 11 breakups.
•    As a junior, Martin excelled in pass coverage, as he registered 10 passes defensed and three interceptions.  No interception was more important than his 62-yard return for a touchdown against Arizona that sparked the Cowboys to victory in the Alamo Bowl.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Martin has an affinity for silicone wristbands. He doesn’t know when the collection started, but through the years he’s racked up more than a dozen — each one with a special meaning.  He didn’t take them off for games at Oklahoma State. “I had sleeves sometimes, or they end up under my gloves, so they were sometimes hard to see, but I always had them on.”
•    Martin was the winner of Oklahoma State’s Nate Fleming Award for his classroom performance as a senior.
•    Martin’s off-the-field interests include archery, an activity he recently took up.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
•    The Wichita Falls, Texas, native was selected by the Titans in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. 

COLLEGE:
•    In four seasons at Oklahoma State, Martin appeared in 48 games, starting the final 37 contests at strong safety and finished his career with 178 tackles, eight stops for losses of 18 yards and one quarterback pressure.  He also registered one fumble recovery, forced two fumbles, deflected 36 passes and had three interceptions for 62 yards in returns, including a touchdown.  His 36 passes defensed tied the school career-record that was first set by Perrish Cox (2006-09).

AS A SENIOR (2011), started all 13 games at strong safety, ranking fourth on the squad with a career-high 74 tackles, while making five stops for losses of 11 yards.  He also led the Cowboys with 11 pass deflections, his third-straight season with double-digit passes defensed and caused a pair of fumbles and recovered another.  Earned All-American first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association and Sports Illustrated and added second-team accolades from the Associated Press and Scout.com.  Was also chosen first-team All-Big 12 Conference by the league’s coaches and second-team by the Associated Press.
•    Against Louisiana Lafayette (9/3), led the team with nine tackles, including a stop for loss, a forced fumble and a team-best three passes defensed.
•    Against Baylor (10/29), recorded four tackles, including a team-high two tackles for loss and a pass defensed.
•    Against Stanford (1/2), collected nine tackles, including a stop for loss and a fumble recovery in the Fiesta Bowl.

AS A JUNIOR (2010), started all 13 games at strong safety and ranked sixth on the team with 55 tackles, including two tackles for loss.  Led the team with 10 passes defensed and tied for second on the team with three interceptions.
•    Against Texas A&M (9/30), posted a season-high eight tackles and was also credited with a pass defensed, a quarterback hurry and an interception.
•    Against Nebraska (10/23), notched seven stops and a team-best three passes defensed.
•    At Kansas State (10/30), picked off a pass to go with four tackles, including a stop for loss.
•    Against Arizona (12/29), earned Game MVP honors after posting four tackles, three passes defensed, including an interception he returned 62 yards for a touchdown in the Alamo Bowl.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2009),  saw action in 11 games, all starts and finished fifth on the team with 45 tackles, despite missing two games.  Finished second on the team with 11 passes defensed.  
•    Against Rice (9/19), notched five tackles and a team-high three passes defensed.
•    At Oklahoma (11/28), recorded six tackles, including a stop for loss.
•    Against Ole Miss (1/2), tallied nine tackles and a pass defensed in the Cotton Bowl.

AS A FRESHMAN (2008), played as a reserve in 11 games as a true freshman and recorded four tackles, four passes defensed and a blocked punt.  Did not play against Oregon or Iowa State.
•    Against Missouri State (9/13), notched a solo tackle, broke up a pass and blocked a punt.
•    Graduated with a degree in secondary education from Oklahoma State.

PERSONAL:  
•    Single, resides in Wichita Falls, Texas.  Has a son Issac Anthony Delgado.
•    Attended S.H. Rider High School where he played both safety positions, in addition to wide receiver.  Was a first-team 4A All-State selection as a senior after compiling 81 tackles and five interceptions while leading Rider to a 12-2 record.
•    Rivals.com rated him the 15th-best safety in the nation and the state of Texas’ 27th-best player.  Received Super Prep All-Region honors and was named his district’s Defensive Player of the Year.
•    Earned honorable mention All-State honors as a junior.  
•    Participated in basketball for four years.  Also competed in track and field for four years, including the high jump, 4x200 and 4x400 relays.
•    List of favorites: (movies) “The Best Man” and “Antwone Fisher”; (TV show) “House of Payne” and “Flashpoint”; (actor) Derek Luke; (music artists) 80’s and 90’s R&B; (school subject) Algebra; (car) Nissan Titan and Ford F-150; (food) chicken fried steak; (sports hero) Sean Taylor and Ed Reed; and (sports teams as a child) Miami Heat and Boston Celtics.
•    Follow Martin on Twitter at @MarkelleMar10.
•    Born Markelle Jermaine Martin on June 20, 1990 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
 

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