Honors and Awards
- 2008 Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll
Lincoln native Ben Martin has earned limited playing time on the defensive line each of the past two seasons. One of four returning letterwinners in the interior defensive line, Martin hopes to make a push for playing time this spring as NU replaces departed senior defensive tackle Ty Steinkuhler. The 6-4, 260-pound Martin has the ability to play both end or tackle, but will enter spring on the inside.
Martin played against New Mexico State last season, but did not have a tackle.
2007 (Redshirt Freshman)
Martin moved to defensive tackle in spring ball and went on to play in seven games in 2007. He served as a backup behind fellow Lincoln Southwest graduate Ty Steinkuhler and Kevin Dixon. Martin finished the year with three tackles, including two stops against Iowa State and an assisted tackle at Kansas.
Martin sat out the season as a redshirt and worked with the scout team.
Before Nebraska (Lincoln Southwest HS)
Martin was one of three in-state commits in the Huskers’ 2006 signing class. Martin helped Coach Mark King’s Silverhawks to an undefeated regular-season record in 2005 and a runner-up finish to Millard North for the Class A state championship. He was named to the 2005 Lincoln Journal Star Super State team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska team. Martin was an all-city selection as a junior, recording 63 tackles and six sacks. As a senior, he earned first-team all-state honors, tallying 66 tackles and six tackles for losses.
Martin was rated as the No. 6 prospect in Nebraska by Rivals.com, while PrepStar placed him on its All-Midlands region team. Martin chose NU after also receiving interest from Colorado State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas, Wyoming and Ohio.
Ben, the son of Michael and Viann Martin, was born on April 6, 1988. He has volunteered with Nebraska’s hospital visits and is majoring in biological sciences and was named to the 2008 Big 12 spring academic honor roll.