However, he's happy to be in Lexington coaching receivers for Joker Phillips and working with offensive coordinator Randy Sanders, his offensive coordinator in the nationalt title game.
"The first time I walked by the mirror it was a little different in blue, but we are here now. I am happy to be here and part of Joker's staff. We have great coaches on the offensive side, as well as on defense. I am honored and blessed to be on staff like that," he said.
"Coach Sanders and I have been in the biggest war of our lives together in the national championship game. When you go into a foxhole with a guy like that, you know you can always depend on him and he can always depend on you. That is the kind of relationship we have."
What makes their relationship so special?
"It is one of those deals that when he became offensive coordinator it was for the national championship game. I couldn't sugar-coat anything and he couldn't sugar-coat anything. I had to tell him I liked this or didn't like this and it's not working and let's do something different," Martin said.
"We are big boys. We all know that in the end we are trying to get the best out of what we have and trying to win. We don't care about all that outside stuff. Once we walk off the practice field, we are fine. That is the kind of relationship we have.
"Even when I was not here and was coaching high school and college at other places, we spent hours on the phone just talking football. He is a mentor and now we are working together, but I still feel that kind of relationship from him. He's just very special to me."