|Source: Appalachian State punter Sam Martin visits Lions, Vikings|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, April 11, 2013 at 3:50 pm ET
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Appalachian State All-American punter and kickoff specialist Sam Martin has had official top-30 visits with the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is known for his leg strength, hang time and ability to place the football adeptly.
Last season, Martin was a first-team Associated Press All-American selection and named National Punter of the Year by College Football Performance Awards and first-team All-Southern Conference.
Martin averaged 45.9 yards on 60 punts last season with six touchbacks, 29 fair catches, 25 downed inside opponents' 20-yard lines, a school record, and 14 of 50 yards or more.
He ranked third among Division I-AA schools in punting average and Appalachian State ranked second nationally with a 40.8-yard net punting average.
He averaged 63.1 yards on 71 kickoffs with 45 touchbacks.
He also made 7 of 10 field goals, working in tandem with Drew Stewart.
Martin has earned All-Southern Conference and All-American notice.
As a kickoff specialist, he averaged 63.1 yards per kick with 45 touchbacks in 71 kickoffs in 2012. As a junior, he averaged 40.9 yards per punt. As a sophomore, he averaged 39.2 yards per punt as 51.7 percent of his punts were fair caught and 31.7 percent downed inside opponents' 20-yard line and 15 percent not returned at all.
He was an All-Southern Conference freshman selection as he averaged 40.0 yards on 52 punts with 17 fair caught and 36.4 percent downed inside opponents' 20-yard line.
He played one year of high school football growing up in Fayetteville, Ga., where he was a four-year soccer letterman who earned all-state recognition once and lettered twice in basketball.
Martin is a Dean's List student and on the Southern COnference academic honor roll.
His father, Tom Martin, played soccer, basketball and baseball at Central Michigan and his sisters, Alice and Lucy, played soccer at Furman.
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