The Buccaneers announced Doug Martin and the team agreed to a five-year contract Monday and with the signing Tampa Bay has just first-round pick Mark Barron left to agree to contract terms with.
With training camp set to open in less than 60 days, the Buccaneers are now just one player (first-round pick Mark Barron) away from having their entire 2012 draft class ready to go, after announcing they have signed 2012 first-round pick RB Doug Martin to a five-year contract.
Martin was selected 31st overall out of Boise State University, where he started 25 of the 51 games he played. During his collegiate career, Martin collected 3,431 yards rushing, the fifth-most in school history, and 43 touchdowns, the third-most in school history, on 617 carries (5.6 ypc avg.). He also totaled 67 receptions for 715 yards (10.7 avg.) and four touchdowns and 26 kickoff returns for 739 yards (28.4 avg.) and one touchdown, while adding 32 special teams tackles. A first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection in 2011 and All-Western Athletic Conference in 2010, Martin became just the fourth Bronco to rush for 1,000-plus yards twice during their career.
As a senior, Martin carried the ball 263 times for 1,299 yards (4.9 ypc avg.) and 16 touchdowns. He also recorded 28 receptions for 255 yards (9.1 avg.) and two touchdowns, in addition to 10 kickoff returns for 338 yards that included a school-record 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
Martin recorded six 100-yard rushing performances as a junior, finishing with 1,260 yards and 12 touchdowns on 201 rushes (6.3 ypc avg.) in his first year as a starter. In his sophomore year, he recorded 765 rushing yards and a team-leading 15 touchdowns despite not starting a single game. That season, he also added 16 defensive tackles and a forced fumble as he shifted to cornerback for the first three games of the season.
Tampa Bay has high hopes Martin and LeGarrette Blount can provide a powerful 1-2 punch and then sprinkle in a speedy different style runner with Michael Smith or Mossis Madu on occasion.
Bucs’ head coach Greg Schiano talked about the plans to use Martin – and Blount – on draft night last month.
“When you have LeGarrette and now to have Doug and LeGarrette, we can play a little bit of keep away,” Schiano said. “I think our offensive line is going to be really good. It’s not maybe what’s in vogue in the National Football League right now, but I think it can be very successful and so we have to go grind it out and get tougher and those types of things but we have some pieces that are very capable of doing that.”
Copyright © 2011 Pewter Report, PewterReport.com and Pewter Insider. All rights reserved. PewterReport.com, the official site of Pewter Report, is an independent source of news and commentary and is not affiliated with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the NFL.