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Tee Martin

Tee Martin
Tennessee Volunteers
Position:Associate Head Coach/Wide Receivers Coach
Personal information
Born: (1978-07-25) July 25, 1978 (age 41)
Mobile, Alabama
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Williamson (Mobile, Alabama)
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
TD-INT:0-1
Passing yards:69
Passer rating:25.3
Rushing yards:26
Player stats at NFL.com
Career CFL statistics
Completion %:42.1
TD-INT:1-4
Passing yards:458
Passer rating:43.2
Rushing yards:64

Tamaurice Nigel "Tee" Martin (born July 25, 1978) is an assistant football coach for the Tennessee Volunteers football team. He was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach for the USC Trojans from 2016 to 2018 and 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 was one of the 6 quarterbacks selected before Tom Brady in the 2000 NFL Draft when he was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 5th round.

Early years

Martin attended and played high school football at Williamson High School.[1]

College career

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.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5]

In the 1998 season, Martin broke the NCAA record for consecutive completions.[3] 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' Kent 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.[6]

In 1999, Martin led the Vols to their second consecutive BCS bowl, a 31-21 loss to #3 Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.[7] 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).

Collegiate statistics

Year School Conf Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1996 Tennessee SEC QB 11 2 4 50.0 24 6.0 6.0 0 0 100.4
1997 Tennessee SEC QB 4 6 12 50.0 87 7.3 5.2 1 1 121.7
1998 Tennessee SEC QB 12 153 267 57.3 2,164 8.1 8.5 19 6 144.4
1999 Tennessee SEC QB 11 165 305 54.1 2,317 7.6 7.1 12 9 125.0
Career Tennessee 326 588 55.4 4,592 7.8 7.7 32 16 133.6

Professional career

Martin was drafted in the fifth round with the 163rd overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[8] In 2004, Martin retired as a member of the Oakland Raiders after four NFL seasons. Martin spent one season in the NFL Europe league.[3] 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.[9]

Coaching career

After one year as quarterbacks coach at New Mexico under Mike Locksley,[10] Martin accepted the wide receivers coaching position at the University of Kentucky to join new head coach Joker Phillips.[11]

In February 2012, Martin was announced as the new wide receivers coach for the University of Southern California under head coach Lane Kiffin. 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.[12] Martin replaced Ted Gilmore who left to take a job at the Oakland Raiders.[13] On Dec. 18, 2015, Martin was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Trojans under head coach Clay Helton.[14] On Dec. 27, 2018, after a 5-7 season, Martin became a casualty of a staff shakeup and was fired from the position.[15]

It was revealed on January 15, 2019 that Martin will be joining Jeremy Pruitt's staff at Tennessee as wide receivers coach.[16]

Personal life

Martin was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He is married to the former Toya Rodriguez, a recording artist known professionally as Toya.[3] His oldest child, Amari Rodgers, plays college football at Clemson University.[17]

Martin owns Playmakers Sports, a company specializing in sports event planning, quarterback training, and skills development[18] and is a college football expert on Comcast Sports Southeast program Talkin' Football.[19] 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.[20] In 2008, Martin created the "Dual Threat" Quarterback Camp and Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.[21]

References

  1. ^ "From Mobile to Los Angeles, USC's Tee Martin has charted his own course". ABC News. August 26, 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Dufresne, Chris (January 3, 1999). "The Tee in Tennessee". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tee Martin bio". University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on February 17, 2010. Retrieved 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "TENNESSEE GOES OUT ON TOP". Washington Post. January 5, 1999. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "1998 Tennessee Volunteers Roster". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "No. 3 Vols, Martin Blast S.C." CBS News. October 31, 1998. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ "1999 Tennessee Volunteers Schedule and Results". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Tee Martin". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "NFL Europe/WLAF Seasons". The Football Database. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "New Mexico Fits Martin to a Tee". Albuquerque Journal. March 22, 2009. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ "Tee Martin Joins UK Football Staff". Kentucky Wildcats. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Reports: USC to hire Tee Martin as WR coach". Orange County Register. February 15, 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ McKinney, Eric. "Source -- Ted Gilmore leaves USC Trojans for Oakland Raiders job". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ Klein, Gary (December 18, 2015). "USC promotes Tee Martin to offensive coordinator - LA Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Former UT Vols QB Tee Martin is out as USC offensive coordinator". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2018.
  16. ^ "Sources: Ex-Vols QB Martin to join Pruitt's staff". ESPN.com. January 15, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Thomas, Chris (January 30, 2017). "How Clemson football landed Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "Tee Martin". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Tee Martin Joins UK Football Staff". Kentucky Wildcats Athletics. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Tee Martin". University of Southern California Athletics. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "USC football: Tee Martin is officially on board". Orange County Register. February 23, 2012. Retrieved 2017.

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