Doug Martin’s big day brings him an award

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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.

10 responses to “Doug Martin’s big day brings him an award

  1. Muscle hamster iz a beast!! To bad the D he shredded was tht of my team!! Haha..on anothe rnote,Rolando McClain has to be one of.the bigger busts the raiders have drafted in a whi!! What a joke! (Yes I know we draft jawalrus russle) branch shaug Houston Bryant weisnewski valdheer Moore ford Reece all 2nd+ rounders. All are our core!

  2. As a Bucs fan I’m still a little salty that Schiano kept him in at the end of the game where he risked injury and could’ve actually gotten more yards. He should’ve had 265 yards on 22 carries.

  3. Doug Martin puts up a ton of yards and multiple TDs and Bucs win. Adrian Peterson puts up a ton of yards and multiple TDs and viks lose. Weird.

  4. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:Nov 7, 2012 1:03 PM

    I traded him for Demarius Thomas the day before his game against the Vikings. But hey, don’t worry…At least I have Ryan Matthews!


    That’s too bad. It’s a tough way to find out that the viks run defense was based on smoke and mirrors.

  5. @Sensiblebuc, I couldn’t agree with you more. I didn’t mind the Bucs running the plays at the end of the game, but giving Martin 3 carries, each for ~minus 5 yards, really put a down note on his day. Instead of posting a line of 22-265*-4*-0 (att-yds-TDs-Fumb), his line was 25-251*-4*-0. Granted the latter is STILL a great game, but he WAS averaging 12.0 yds per carry before some dumbass decided he should lose ~5 yards per carry for 3 carries. As it was, he just BARELY averaged 10.0 yards per carry which, I know, is still amazing (*team record).

    And how dumb would Schiano, or whomever made the decision to put Martin in the game for the last three carries, look had Martin twisted an ankle, gotten hit particularly hard, or as we Buc fans have experienced before, torn his ACL or MCL on one of those 3 runs? For that matter, why was Freeman even in the game? If you’re just going to have a guy grab the snap and sit down, put someone in whom we can afford to get injured (Jefferson at QB, Smith at RB for example). The 3rd string guys get some snaps during a real game (even if the snaps are meaningless, neither would ever have to take their first snap in a game at a time that actually matters) and we don’t have to worry about them getting injured or worry about their stat line.

    If only there were some way of keeping track of stats accurately and honestly without counting the inconsequential things that happen in garbage time (maybe we need to dig up the Joe Pisarcik to Larry Csonka “handoff” back in the 70s to remind Schiano and crew exactly WHY teams just take the snap and sit on the ball).

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