Outstanding senior season; finished with 34 tackles (31 solos), 8 TFLs, two sacks, one interception, four pass breakups and 18 quarterback hurries…12-game starter in 2003 and finished with 41 career starts…five solos, two TFLs, a quarterback hurry and a blocked kick vs. Wake Forest in season opener… Five solos, three QB hurries, one QB sack, one knock down, one interception return of 25 yards to set up BC’s third score in the first quarter vs. Penn State…named Big East Defensive Player-of-the-Week for performance at Penn State…four solos, one assist, three QB hurries at Connecticut…two QB hurries vs. Miami…one solo, one TFL, one QB hurry before leaving the game with an injured knee in the first quarter vs. Ball State…two solos, one assist, one QB hurry vs. Syracuse…one TFL, two QB hurries vs. Pittsburgh…four solos, one QB sack vs. West Virginia…two solos, one QB hurry vs. Rutgers…had one TFL for 11 yards and two QB hurries at Virginia Tech…a senior anchor for a solid and talented Eagle defensive line in 2003.
Started every game for the Eagles at right tackle…finished the season with 36 tackles (28 solos), 7.5 TFLs for 22 yards, one sack…also had 2 pass deflections, 7 quarterback hurries and a team-leading three fumble recoveries…four solos, one assist vs. Connecticut in the season opener…one solo, one assist vs. Stanford…two solos vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl…had one of the best games of his career vs. Central Michigan – four solos, one assist, three TFL and one fumble recovery…five tackles (four solos), one TFL, one quarterback pressure vs. Virginia Tech…two tackles, one QB pressure vs. Pittsburgh…two solos, two quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery in BC’s win over fourth-ranked Notre Dame…one solo, one quarterback hurry vs. West Virginia…three tackles (two solos), one quarterback hurry vs. Syracuse…four tackles (three solos), one quarterback hurry, one caused incompletion vs. Temple…three tackles (2 solos) and shared a sack vs. Rutgers.
Started all 11 games for the Eagles on the defensive line, with 10 starts on the right start and one on the left…also started the Music City Bowl vs. Georgia…now has 17 career starts over the past two seasons plus one bowl game…was the seventh-leading tackler on the team with 55 stops, 34 of them were primary…also recorded five tackles for a loss…had nine tackles in game at Navy (Sept. 22) and also had seven stops in season-opener against West Virginia (Sept. 1)…recorded six tackles against Virginia Tech (Oct. 13), Miami (Nov. 10) and Syracuse (Nov. 24)…had three tackles in Music City Bowl vs. Georgia.
Started five games on the Eagle defensive line...made 28 tackles this season, four of them for a loss...had a career-high nine tackles vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 21)…also made nine tackle in Aloha Bowl win over Arizona State…added three sacks for 22 yards and one tackle for a loss of two yards vs. the Sun Devils.
Earned all-state honors as a junior and senior at Howell High School…was also a two-time all-Shore selection…was rated as the fourth-best prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep; a SuperPrep All-America who was rated as the ninth-best defensive lineman in the nation…earned PrepStar All-Region accolades…was the 1998 recipient of the Lombardi Award as the top defensive lineman in the Shore Conference…registered 29 tackles for loss and 12.5 quarterback sacks in 1998, both single-season Howell High School records…served as team captain for head coach Corey Davies.
Thomas P. Martin, born March 28, 1981…enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences with a major in communications…Tom is the youngest of Nancy and Daniel Martin’s four children.