Alabama Lands Former Sun Belt Specialist
Jack Martin, former Troy Trojans punter and Dothan, Alabama native, announced his transfer to the University of Alabama Saturday with a post on Twitter. The 2020 All-Sun Belt selection is looking to take advantage of the newly introduced one-time transfer rule for the 2021 year.
"First off I would like to thank God for everything he has done for me in my life and all of the blessings he has provided me. Without him, none of this would be possible," Martin said in his post, "Secondly, I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for the constant support they have given me. I would also like to thank the rest of my family, friends, and coaches who have helped me during my football career," Martin continued, "Lastly, I greatly appreciate the amount of help my one and only kicking coach, Brian Jackson, has given me."
A member of the 2019 recruiting class, Martin was a three-time All-State honorable mention selection in his four years at Northview High School in Dothan. He was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN and was a top 50 kicker nationally before choosing the Trojans over a few other smaller schools like South Alabama, Florida International, and Grambling State. After a few successful years in Troy, Martin has decided to move up a level.
Martin is coming off of a stellar sophomore season in which he averaged 46.1 yards per punt and had 13 downed inside the 20. He has been responsible for both punts and kickoffs in his two years with Troy and while Martin has been recognized for his punting prowess, he also averages nearly 57 yards per kickoff, which would be slightly farther than Alabama's current kickoff option, Will Reichard. Obviously Reichard's real skills come into play when discussing his field goal accuracy, so Martin could potentially be another option for handling kickoffs this season.
Martin joins a punting unit that features three other names already, one of which being Charlie Scott, who handled the duties for most of last season. While Scott certainly has the pedigree of an excellent punter, he left a lot to be desired for Crimson Tide fans last season, averaging just 39 yards per attempt and only one of 50+ yards. Martin brings the ability to flip the field to the table and will be an excellent addition to the special teams unit.