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FB Forecast: K Ross Martin

Continuing the player by player position preview of the 2015 Duke Blue Devils, we examine one of the most consistent and reliable kickers in the country, senior Ross Martin





5-foot-10 / 185 pounds

High School:

Solon (OH) / Walsh Jesuit




2014 Review:

Martin’s third season as Duke’s starting place kicker earned him plenty of accolades after he converted 19 of his 21 field goal attempts and all 50 of his extra points.  He was perfect from 39 yards and in, and was 5-of-6 from 40-49 yards and then his one attempt of greater than 50 yards.  His only two misses were from 40 yards and 51 yards - both attempts sailed wide left…and both of them came against Virginia Tech.  


2015 Preview

Martin will continue as the starting kicker and one of the best specialists in the country as a two-time All-American and a three time all-conference selection.    


TDD Projection

Martin’s list of honors and awards - both pre and post season - are too numerous to list, but that’s what makes projecting his final year so easy.  He’s a player who has converted 52 of 63 attempts in his career and has made 20 of his last 22 attempts - missing twice against Virginia Tech last year.  He’s also made 154 of 155 extra points.  In short, he’s been extraordinarily consistent throughout his first three seasons, and there’s very little reason to expect that to change during his senior season.  Perhaps the biggest “new” contribution he’ll make this season will be mentoring his understudies, though the next scholarship kicker, A.J. Reed,  won’t arrive until next summer.


How he ended up in Durham

Martin committed to Duke shortly after attending the above mentioned camp. He picked Duke over offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Northwestern, Texas, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Ohio State, Purdue, Notre Dame, Florida, Stanford, California, and Wake Forest. 


High School Highlights

Three-year letterman at Walsh Jesuit under coach Gerry Rardin ... helped Walsh Jesuit to three-year ledger of 22-9 including a 10-2 mark and state playoff appearance in 2011 ...All-America pick by USA Today (1st team), Under Armour (1st team), Sports Illustrated (2nd team) and (3rd team) following senior campaign ... two-time first team all-state and all-district pick by the Associated Press in 2010 and 2011 ... named to state all-star teams by the Akron Beacon Journal (2011) and Cleveland Plain Dealer (2010 & 2011) ... first team All-North Coast League selection in 2011 ... as a senior, totaled 81 points on 10 field goals and 51 PATs with six field goals of 40+ yards including a career-long 50-yard effort while punting 33 times for a 40.55 yards per kick average .. [info from this last section gathered from]

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