Doug Martin is getting used to taking home commendations from the league office.
Martin was named the NFL’s offensive rookie of the month for October and he celebrated that honor by having the biggest day of his short professional career in Oakland on Sunday. Martin carried the ball 25 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns. Martin broke off touchdown runs of 67 and 70 yards during his monster day, contributing mightily to a 42-32 win that lifted Tampa’s record to 4-4 overall.
The huge game made Martin the second player in league history to run for more than 250 yards while also running for four touchdowns. Martin also set the Buccaneers franchise record for rushing yards in the game. He finished 45 yards short of Adrian Peterson’s record for most rushing yards in a single game, a mark that Peterson set during his own rookie season, but that just gives Martin something else to shoot for the rest of the way.
Martin, selected 31st overall in April, now has 794 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on the season while averaging more than five yards a carry. He’s added another 245 receiving yards to live up to advance billing as a versatile back capable of doing a little bit of everything to help his offense.