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Originally published: 2013-01-03 18:27:46
Last modified: 2013-01-03 18:27:46

Martin named top punter by CFPA

by Staff Reports

Appalachian State’s Sam Martin continued to rake in accolades earlier this week when he was awarded the 2012 College Football Performance Awards’ NCAA Division I FCS Punter Award on Monday.

The award is the latest in a long list of postseason honors for Martin. In addition to the CFPA Punter Award, Martin was also named first-team All-America by the Associated Press, third-team all-America by The Sports Network and was a unanimous first-team all-Southern Conference selection by the league’s coaches and media.

The senior ranked third nationally with a 45.9-yard punting average in 2012, which was good for second in Appalachian State history behind only Harold Alexander’s 47.3-yard average in 1991.

Twenty-five of Martin’s 60 punts were downed inside the opponent’s 20 yard line in 2012, which set a school record for punts downed inside the 20 and helped the Mountaineers rank second nationally with a 40.8-yard net punting average. The senior also excelled as Appalachian’s kickoff specialist (averaging 63.1 yards with 45 touchbacks in 71 kickoffs) and place-kicker (making 7-of-10 field goals, including the final five of the season).

He is the fourth Mountaineer to be named the nation’s top player at his position by the CFPA, joining quarterback DeAndre Presley and safety Mark LeGree in 2010 and wide receiver Brian Quick in 2011.