One Southern Methodist University senior had mixed feelings during the coaching search for a new head football coach.
"At first I wasn't too excited," Martin admitted to PonyStampede.com last week. "I was looking for me, and then I realized this is really a good offense for me to be a part of."
Martin played in all 12 games last year, starting in eight contest games, garnering 458 yards on 106 carries and four touchdowns.
"I feel really good about my chances to gain a lot of yards my last season here," Martin said. "I plan on giving it everything I have; I will give it my all. I want my senior season to be my breakout year; this offense can help provide me that opportunity."
Martin feels that this coaching change has provided him a new lease on life.
"I'm more confident in myself than I have ever been," Martin said. "This coach staff wants us to go out and play football like we know how. They don't want us to wait for the play to come to us, but for us to make something special happen with our athletic abilities."
Martin also noted that his fellow teammates seem very comfortable with the coaching change.
"We are a lot more comfortable playing ball," Martin said. "Everyone is very excited about playing for these coaches."
Martin has also learned that Jones' new offensive package contains a lot more running than he first thought.
"The more film I watched of their games last year I realized that this is a great offense for me," Martin explained. "It's like this offense is made for me and my talents."
One person that has really made an impression on Martin is Coach Jones.
"He is incredible, he is such a laid back person," Martin said. "He treats us like men that are equal to him. He doesn't treat us like we are beneath him."
The senior running back feels that Jones is backing up what he is telling his new players.
"Coach Jones is making promises to us and he is keeping them," Martin said. "He is a great coach and has a lot of experience; we expect big things this fall. He expects it from us and he has us expecting it from ourselves. I'm like a little kid again. Everyone is so excited about playing football again; it has always been supposed to be fun, now it is."