Q & A with Joe Martinek

Joe Martinek finished his HS career as the all-time leader in NJ state history with 7,589 rushing yds and 80 TDs. He played in one of the small school groupings and was projected as a DB in college. The need at RB gave him the opportunity to compete for the vacated position. After a good showing in saturday's scrimmage, SOR had the chance to discuss his pursuit of the starting spot.

SOR: Talk about the pressures you may feel having to replace Ray Rice.

JM: I don’t feel any pressure per se.  Having that one year to watch him work out, practice, and seeing how Ray prepares for games, it was all great to learn those things from him. He definitely spent a good amount of time teaching us younger guys, and that was a great advantage.

SOR: When you were in High School, you were NJ’s All Time leading rusher.  Does that cause there to be any undue expectations or additional pressure to make an immediate impact?

JM: I had a great high school career, but that was high school. It was a reflection of my passion for the game. But, there is no pressure in college due to my success in high school. This is a new challenge and I have not done anything yet at the collegiate level.

SOR: What do you think are some of your best traits as a RB?

JM: My vision and instincts. Since I was young, my dad and I would work on drills and making fast cuts. I also think I am getting physically stronger and that helps out a lot.

SOR: Talk about the biggest improvements you have made during your time at Rutgers.

JM: The strength and conditioning program has been great here. I have gotten so much bigger, stronger, and explosive. I have gained 15 lbs of quality weight while here. I am up to 215 lb now.

SOR: What is your impression of Coach Brown?

JM: Coach Brown has been great. He is a pro guy and knows a lot of stuff. He is a very good teacher and we are learning tons from him.

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