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#88 Jay Martin
Position: Tight End
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 230
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Waverly, Neb.
High School: Waverly

Honors & Awards

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
  • First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009, 2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Dr. Gerald Lage Award Recipient (2011)
  • Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (Honorable-Mention, 2012)

Career
Jay Martin completed his Nebraska career in 2011, but was forced to sit out his senior year due to injuries. Prior to missing the 2011 season, Martin was a valuable special teams performer for Nebraska in both 2009 and 2010, appearing in 21 total games. Martin also achieved at a high level in the classroom, earning academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011, and first-team academic All-Big 12 honors in both 2009 and 2010.

Martin earned his degree in business administration/finance in December of 2011.

Senior (2011)
Martin did not play in a game in 2011 because of injuries.

2010 (Junior)
Martin appeared in 13 games on special teams and was among NU's leading special teams tacklers with five stops. Among his five tackles were solo stops against Western Kentucky and Texas. Martin also has a role on the NU kickoff and punt return units and helped the Huskers rank No. 1 in the Big 12 with 12.9 yards per punt return.

2009 (Sophomore)
Martin played in eight games in 2009 as a member of the Huskers' kickoff return team. He helped the Huskers average 24.1 yards per return. 

2008 (Redshirt Freshman)
Martin switched to tight end for the 2008 season, but did not see any game action.  

2007 (Redshirt)
Martin redshirted , and worked on the scout team as a linebacker and defensive end.

Before Nebraska (Waverly HS) 
Martin was a standout multi-sport performer for Waverly High School, where he earned first-team Class B all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal Star as a defensive lineman. Martin, who was selected to play in the 2007 Shrine Bowl, also qualified for the state track meet in the hurdles. His older brother, Lee, recently completed his track career with the Huskers.  

Personal
Jay was born on Nov. 30, 1988, and is the son of Bob and Sheri Martin. Bob was a 1975 All-American with the Huskers, and Jay is also the cousin of former Husker linebackers Bo and Barrett Ruud. Martin's older brother, Lee, was a track athlete with the Huskers. Jay was an an academic All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2011. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration/finance from Nebraska in December of 2011. He was an eight-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. An honorable-mention selection to the 2012 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team, Martin volunteered his time at the F Street Recreation Center, the Legacy Retirement Center and several hospital visits.

Martin's Career Statistics
» Games Played-
21 (8 in 2009; 13 in 2010)
» Tackles- 2 UT, 3 AT, 5 TT all in 2010