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When Doug Martin played tag as a child, his siblings and cousins could never catch him.
“I was a fan of Jackie Chan, so I was doing all kinds of stuff,” Martin says. “I was crafty.”
One game Martin didn’t play as a child was football. But that changed eight years ago when he arrived at St. Mary’s High School in Stockton, Calif.
he summer before Martin’s freshman year, the school’s athletic director saw him run during a basketball camp and recommended he try out for the football team. When Martin did, he thought it was only logical he play running back because of his elusiveness playing tag.
But when Martin showed up for his first practice, he wore lineman’s cleats and didn’t have his pads on correctly. Martin’s teammates laughed at him.
Just as Boise State coach Chris Petersen did three years later when Martin arrogantly explained he hadn’t accepted a scholarship offer from the Broncos because he was still waiting to hear from then-Pac-10 schools.
Now no one’s laughing at Martin, who is instrumental for No. 4 Boise State in its chase this season, perhaps more than ever before, for the BCS championship.
The 5-foot-9, 208-pound redshirt senior tailback has rushed for 747 yards and nine touchdowns on 142 carries for the Broncos (7-0, 2-0 Mountain West).
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Doug Martin is one of my fovorite all time players, there is so much to like about him it's hard not seeing him go far in hiis after college .
Kellen Moore joined 950 KJR in Seattle with Mitch Levy to discuss the disappointment of falling behind Stanford in the BCS
How disappointing is it to see Stanford leaping over you guys in the BCS?:
“Really, I don’t think we concern ourselves too much with it. I don’t watch that show or really pay attention to it. Last year is a great example of ours. There was probably a lot of debate whether we should’ve had an opportunity and we lose a game late in the year and it doesn’t really matter at that point. I think once the season comes to an end, we’ll see where we stand and see what opportunities we have.”
How important is it to you that you get a chance to play for a national championship?:
“Anyone playing college football, who doesn’t want to play for a national championship and have those opportunities? That’s something certainly all of us have aspirations to do. I think one thing we quickly realize right now is that it’s out of our control, essentially. We can win all our games and do whatever we’ve got to do and that thing comes from different people. Our goal is simply conference championship and win the bowl game.”
If you guys go undefeated this year but don’t make the championship game, how disappointing will that be, particularly when you look back on it a couple years from now?:
“I think certainly we’d love the opportunity. Who doesn’t? I think we’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of success. … [In 2009] maybe we had an opportunity. We finished undefeated and that’s left for other people to discuss because obviously that’s the system that we play in. Down the road, looking back, you’d love an opportunity to go challenge yourself against the best of the best, week-in and week-out, and see who comes out on top.”
Have all these successful Boise State teams you’ve been a part of been similar or does one stand out amongst the rest?:
“I think we’ve kind of had the last few years, have a lot of the same guys. Our class, the class we have right now, and the previous class which just got done playing last year, it kind of felt like we’d been playing for a while. … A lot of us were playing that freshman, sophomore year. … We lost all those guys this year but we’ve got some talented guys now. Because of all of the success we’ve had a lot of opportunities to bring in some big-time players.”
Would this team be the best of the group?:
“Yeah, I think it’s got potential. We’re only seven weeks in and we’ll have to see where we get better. We’ve got a couple challenges ahead of ourselves. We have a TCU coming in here in two weeks that we’ve had great battles with the last two years. … We certainly think we’re capable of some great things this year.”
How important is it to you to be a Heisman contender?:
“I think it’s a fun opportunity. … How many guys get an opportunity to play for four years, especially in a program like this that’s had a lot of success? I think one thing you quickly realize is all these awards, they go to guys who are on very successful teams. … If you’re on a team that’s 6-6, nobody cares about you. … It really just comes down to your team performance.”
How do you think you compare to Andrew Luck?:
“I don’t really know. That’s probably for some other people to figure that whole situation out. I think he’s as good as anyone in the country and deserves all the recognition.”
Listen to Kellen Moore on 950 KJR in Seattle here
Boise State brings in program we aspire to build at UNLV Bobby Hauck
Nov. 3, 2011 | 2:00 a.m.
We are really excited this week coming off a big win over Colorado State. Every facet of our team contributed in the victory over the Rams, so our guys were fired up to get to practice this week and get back to work. As I've said before, every practice opportunity is extremely valuable toward the development of this young team.
We trailed in the game four times Saturday. Our team showed a lot of fire, character and resilience. Coming back with the winning drive late in the fourth quarter showed a lot of desire by our guys, as did the defensive stop to seal the 38-35 win.
It was great being at home and especially for a day game at Sam Boyd Stadium. Winning is fun and contagious. When you work as hard as our guys have, you deserve a win. We savored the victory for a night, but then our staff and players got right back to work Sunday, which is what you do in college football -- you go to the training room to get healthy, redshirts lift weights, coaches pore over game film, and in the evening on Sunday, you start to break down the next opponent.
Our team has a tremendous task ahead of us this week in facing fifth-ranked Boise State, but it is also a tremendous opportunity.
We are excited not only to play the Broncos but also for the chance to get better in the long term. We need to go out and play our best game. That's what we control. We won't concede anything. We need to hang our hat on what we do well and get better. We can't turn the ball over. We need to play as close to perfect as we possibly can.
Boise State is a fine football team and obviously has a lot of firepower at its disposal. The Broncos have talent at every position and feature one of the better defensive lines in the nation. They have a lot of guys on the NFL watch lists -- probably 10 seniors being evaluated by scouts.
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