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December 10, 2012 @ 9:09 pm
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Martin Breaks Records, Could Become Bucs' All-Time Top Rusher

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Doug Martin became the Bucs' all-time leading rookie rusher on Sunday, and has a legitimate chance to become Tampa Bay's all-time single-season leading rusher, touchdown generator and total yardage producer with a strong finish to the 2012 season. Find out how close Martin is to breaking James Wilder's records in this Pewter Report article.
Tampa Bay lost its game against Philadelphia, 23-21, and a potential spot in the NFC playoffs, but saw a couple of records fall on Sunday thanks to Doug Martin. The team’s top running back rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries (4.6 avg.) versus the Eagles, and in doing so he became the Buccaneers’ all-time leading rookie rusher. Martin now has 1,234 yards, which eclipses Carnell Williams’ mark of 1,178 yards in 2005.

Martin also climbed Tampa Bay’s rushing records charts on Sunday and has put himself in position to break some of the team’s all-time marks when it comes to single season rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, total yardage and total touchdowns if he can continue to play at a high level down the stretch.

Against the Eagles, Martin rushed past Errict Rhett (1,207 yards in 1995) and into fourth place in team history for the most rushing yards in a single season. Martin is within striking distance of moving past Ricky Bell (1,263 yards in 1979) and James Wilder (1,300 yards in 1985) and into second place with just 67 more rushing yards, which could come as early as this Sunday at New Orleans.

If Martin rushes for 311 yards combined in the final three games he will move past Wilder, who held the record for 1,544 yards in 1984, and into first place in team history for the most rushing yards in a single season. He will need to average 103.6 yards per game to accomplish that feat.

Martin totaled 132 yards from scrimmage on Sunday and has now accumulated 1,612 total yards, which surpassed Warrick Dunn’s total of 1,555 yards in 2000 and moved him into third place in team annals. James Wilder is in first and second place with 2,229 yards in 1984 and 1,641 yards in 1985. There is virtually no way Martin could amass 617 total yards in the three remaining games to end up in first place, but he is destined to move into second place with just 33 more yards from scrimmage this Sunday against the Saints.

Not only has the Boise State product racked up the yardage this year Martin has also found pay dirt quite often. Against the Eagles, Martin rushed for his 10th touchdown of the season, which moved him past Reggie Cobb, who had nine TDs in 1992, and ties him for third with Earnest Graham (2007), Mike Alstott (2001) and James Wilder (1985).

With one more rushing touchdown, Martin will tie Errict Rhett, who had 11 rushing scores in 1995, for second-best in team history when it came to the most rushing TDs in a season. The Bucs’ record is held by Wilder, who had 13 rushing touchdowns in 1984. And could be broken by Martin if he crosses the goal line three more times this season.

Martin has also scored 11 total touchdowns this season (10 rushing and one receiving) and has the chance to finish atop the franchise’s single season total TD list. It should come as no surprise that Wilder holds the record with 13 (13 rushing scores in 1984).

The second of Tampa Bay’s two first-round draft picks also has the chance to finish as the NFL’s leading rookie rusher this year. Martin has six more rushing yards than Washington running back Alfred Morris, who has 1,228 yards and seven touchdowns on 253 carries.

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    when nicks and joseph come back next year dont be surprised if martin ranks in the top 3 rbs for total running yardage
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    I had no idea he had over 1200 yards. I have always depended upon NFL.com for stats because I thought they were more accurate but they have shown Martin at 1050 yards for two weeks. He is going to eclipse Wilder's great year and go down in history as Buc's best back. Whatever you say about this team, We can know one thing for sure. This was an amazing draft that gave us David and Martin.
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    What this say about Ernest Byner as a RB coach, 4 straight years of 1000 yard rushers with different teams...great hire Schiano, along with Brian Cox and Bob Bostad. With experience Sully will be fine to, jury still out on receivers coach, secondary and D. Coordinator
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    I would like to see us go after RB Brandon Jacobs next year. I'm sure SF is going to cut him after his recent comments. He will give is a legitimate down hill runner and take some pressure off of DM in goal line situations. I've had it with Blount.
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    It's defintely too early to label Mark Baron a bust. With our ever-disappearing pass rush even Daryl Revis would have a hard time. All things consider we must admit that our future is very bright.
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    This team is not going to playoffs. That said I would rather see Martin play much less to save some wear and tear on him. Use Blount a lot more these last 3 games to showcase him since he is not in Buc's future plans. Maybe Blount has 3 good games and we can trade him for a little better draft pick. Save Doug ...... run Blount!! Records are not important. The future of Buc's is.
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    I see with three games to go, and Martin runs all over Saints,Rams and Falcons and win all three games. Tampa would have meet a few goals-I hope Martin gets rookie Offensive Player of the year. Can you Imagine with all the players coming back next year. Plus 5 High draft choices in first 4 Rounds-Go Bucs
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    jongruden- Agreed its too early to call Barron a bust and with the holes in the secondary maybe the comparison is unfair. That said other than one big pass breakup early in the year I havent seen any interceptions, passes defended and big hits. Hopefully they start coming next year or ill be first in line to call this a wasted pick.
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    Whatever his nickname ends up being Martin has done an awesome job. That's one area we finally got right.
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    Imagine if he had been running behind Nicks and Joseph (with Zuttah is his proper position) all of this seson! Warren Sapp called him the "Doug-ernaut". I like that better than "The muscle hamster".!!
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    The article is fine. It's nice to look at records once in awhile. I we fans (especially those of us who have watched the Bucs since 1976) have known all along that Martin is the best RB the Bucs have ever had; and this is the best offense the Bucs have ever had (in spite of some recent poor play). Now if we can just get a decent defense next year to go along with this offense! Go Bucs!
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    Doug Martin is already better than Trent Richardson and thats amazing to bad Harrison Smith is already better than Mark Baron and thats disappointing
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    That article title seems misleading. I was wondering how he'd be the top one of all time in 1 season. "Martin Breaks Records, Could Have Bucs' Best Ever Rushing Season" would have been less sensational and more accurate.
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