November 5, 2012

Doug Martin Adds His Name to the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Conversation

By - Kris Fletcher

It goes without saying that quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are currently the front-runners for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

But following yesterday's magnificent performance against the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin certainly belongs in the conversation.

Photo by: Ezra Shaw
The "Muscle Hamster" (which by the way, is the best nickname in sports), ran roughshod over the formerly improved Oakland defense for a Bucs team-record 251 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Not only that, but he became the first player in NFL history to have 3 scoring runs of over 40 yards in the same game (45, 67, 70).

Martin's performance also marked only the second time in league history (Mike Anderson being the other) that a player ran for 250+ yards and 4 scores in a single game.

Over his last 4 starts, Martin has carried the rock 83 times for 547 yards and 6 TDs, averaging an astonishing 6.6 yards per carry.

That puts him on pace to rush for nearly 1,600 yards this season.

It's also worth noting that the Bucs are 3-1 when Martin gets at least 20 touches, so clearly he's the catalyst for Tampa Bay's offensive success.

If all these stats don't put him in the running for Offensive Rookie of the Year, what will?

What makes Martin's numbers even more impressive is the fact that he wasn't one of the top 10 players taken in this year's draft. He wasn't even selected in the top 30. He was the 31st guy picked, and was basically expected to share the workload with former starter LeGarrette Blount, a guy who Martin has relegated to an afterthought at this point.

Moving forward, the Bucs face 5 teams who currently sit with a sub .500 record, and those clubs don't exactly excel at stopping the run. 4 of the 5 have run defenses ranked outside the top 10.

So not only do the Buccaneers have a chance to get back in the NFC playoff picture, but Martin should continue to put up big time rushing numbers.

Meaning, the Offensive Rookie of the Year race just got real interesting.


  1. He has been red hot over the last few weeks. No denying that.

  2. He has TWO lousy 100 yard games. Lets not put him in the hall of fame just yet.

    1. Who said anything about the Hall of Fame?

      And the last two weeks are the only times he's gotten 25 or more carries, so that has a lot to do with why he only has two 100-yard games. He has two others over 85 yards, and in 6 games, he averaged 4 yards per carry OR MORE.

      So stop trollin.

  3. He did it against THE RAIDERS. Who cares

  4. It was still against a pro defense. Give the kid some credit.

  5. If you follow the NFL regularly you'd know that the Raiders actually had a top 10 rush defense before that game. Ignorant fans these days...