NFL rookies Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson have all made headlines with their exciting and dominant play on the football field, but a new player is breaking out and making his name known.
Tampa Bay Buccaneer running back Doug Martin has broken into the national spotlight after becoming just the second NFL player to run for 250 yards and four touchdowns in one game. Doug Martin’s 51 fantasy points were third best of all time in standard scoring. The short and stout Martin ran into the history books with his electrifying plays in his hometown of Oakland, where he helped the Buccaneers improve to a .500 record and second place in the NFC South with a 42-32 victory over the Raiders.
This strong win comes after the Buccs ended 2011 with a 10 game losing streak, after losing key pass rusher Adrian Clayborn to injury, after losing star cornerback Aqib Talib in a trade, and after a season-ending toe injury to Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks. Doug Martin is the type of running back coach Greg Schiano, who also coached Ray Rice at Rutgers. Rice is 5-foot-8, 212 pounds; Martin is 5-foot-9, 215. The only things Buccs fans fear now is Doug Martin getting injured while running around the football field.
Doug Martin is the first player since the 1940s to rush for at least three rushing touchdowns of at least 45 yards in a single game. His last two games have been the highlight of his season so far. Doug Martin is on pace to have nearly 1,600 yards rushing. The last two rushing champions, Maurice Jones-Drew and Arian Foster, had 1,606 and 1,616, respectively.
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