Tee Martin

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Tee Martin
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Martin visits the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2010
USC Trojans
Position: Offensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1978-07-25) July 25, 1978 (age 39)
Mobile, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Mobile (AL) Williamson
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 5 / Pick: 163
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

As player:

Career NFL statistics
Completion %: 37.5
TDINT: 0–1
Passing yards: 69
Passer rating: 25.3
Rushing yards: 36
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Completion %: 42.1
TDINT: 1–4
Passing yards: 458
Passer rating: 43.2
Rushing yards: 64

Tamaurice Nigel "Tee" Martin (born July 25, 1978) is an American football coach and former quarterback. Martin was the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers during their 1998 national championship season, and also played in the National Football League and Canadian Football League. He is currently the offensive coordinator for the University of Southern California Trojans.

College career[edit]

While at the University of Tennessee, Martin played college football under head coach Phillip Fulmer from 1996 to 1999. Martin was a backup to Peyton Manning during his freshman and sophomore years at the University of Tennessee. During his junior season, Martin led the 1998 Tennessee Volunteers football team to a 13–0 record and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Florida State, winning the school its first NCAA Division I-A national football championship since 1951.[1] He was teammates with running back Jamal Lewis in his early years at Tennessee and wide receiver Peerless Price, who each went on to play in the NFL.[2]

In the 1998 season, Martin broke the NCAA record for consecutive completions.[1] Against South Carolina, Martin completed his first 23 passes. Combined with a completion on his last pass the previous week against Alabama, Martin's string of 24 consecutive completions and 95.8% completion percentage set new records. Martin broke the Southeastern Conference record of Ole Miss' Ken Austin, which was 20 consecutive. He broke the NCAA record for completions over multiple games with 23 consecutive over two games, which was shared by Southern Cal's Rob Johnson and Maryland's Scott Milanovich. In addition, he broke the one-game record of 22 straight completions set by Iowa's Chuck Long in 1984. Lastly, his 95.8% completion percentage broke the previous best single-game completion percentage of 92.6% set by UCLA's Rick Neuheisel in 1983.[3]

In 1999, Martin led the Vols to their second consecutive BCS bowl. During Martin's two years as a starter at Tennessee, the Vols were 11-1 over six major conference foes, (2–0 vs. Alabama, 2–0 vs. Auburn, 2–0 vs. Georgia, 2–0 vs. Vanderbilt, 2-0 vs. Kentucky, and 1–1 vs. Florida).

Professional career[edit]

Martin was drafted in the fifth round with the 163rd overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[4] In 2004, Martin retired as a member of the Oakland Raiders after four NFL seasons. Martin spent one season in the NFL Europe league.[1] During the 2002 season, he helped lead the Rhein Fire to a league best 7–3 record. The Fire lost in the World Bowl, falling 20–26 to the Berlin Thunder.[5]

As one of six quarterbacks chosen before All-Pro New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft, Martin was profiled in the 2011 ESPN documentary, "Brady 6".[6]

Coaching career[edit]

After one year as quarterbacks coach at New Mexico under Mike Locksley[7], Martin accepted the wide receivers coaching position at the University of Kentucky to join new head coach Joker Phillips.[8]

In February 2012, Martin was announced as the new wide receivers coach for the University of Southern California. He had been linked with jobs at both Alabama and Oregon previously. News of his hiring at USC was broken by a tweet by quarterback Matt Barkley.[9] Martin replaced Ted Gilmore who left to take a job at the Oakland Raiders.[10] As of 2016, Martin is the offensive coordinator for the Trojans.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Martin was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He is now[when?] married to the former Toya Rodriguez, a recording artist known professionally as Toya.[1] His oldest child, Amari Rodgers, plays college football at Clemson University.[12];

Martin owns Playmakers Sports, a company specializing in sports event planning, quarterback training, and skills development[13] and is a college football expert on Comcast Sports Southeast program Talkin' Football.[14] He is a quarterback coach for the Nike Elite 11 Quarterback Camps, Nike Football Training Camps, and has trained many high school and Division 1 quarterbacks.[15] In 2008, Martin created the "Dual Threat" Quarterback Camp and Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Tee Martin bio". University of Kentucky. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "1998 Tennessee Volunteers Roster". Sports Reference. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "No. 3 Vols, Martin Blast S.C". CBS News. October 31, 1998. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "Tee Martin". Pro-Footbal-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NFL Europe/WLAF Seasons". The Football Database. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Gaines, Cork (January 22, 2017). "The 6 quarterbacks drafted before Tom Brady in the infamous 2000 NFL Draft". Business Insider. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "New Mexico Fits Martin to a Tee". Albuquerque Journal. March 22, 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Tee Martin Joins UK Football Staff". Kentucky Wildcats. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Reports: USC to hire Tee Martin as WR coach". Orange County Register. February 15, 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  10. ^ McKinney, Eric. "Source -- Ted Gilmore leaves USC Trojans for Oakland Raiders job". ESPN.com. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Klein, Gary (December 18, 2015). "USC promotes Tee Martin to offensive coordinator - LA Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  12. ^ Thomas, Chris (January 30, 2017). "How Clemson football landed Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "Tee Martin". LinkedIn. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Tee Martin Joins UK Football Staff". Kentucky Wildcats Athletics. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Tee Martin". University of Southern California Athletics. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  16. ^ "USC football: Tee Martin is officially on board". Orange County Register. February 23, 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 

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