2017 Gene Upshaw Award Winner Marcus Martin, Slippery rock
Slippery Rock's 6'4"-255 lbs senior defensive end Marcus Martin has been selected as our 2017 recipient of the coveted "Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award". This Award is given annually to the best lineman (offense/defense) at the 151 Division II schools that play football. The Sports information directors from the football-playing Division II institutions comprise the voters.
After a 2017 season in which he led to Division II in sacks, with 15 1/2 and tackles for a loss with 26 1/2, Martin staked his claim as the most productive defensive lineman in NCAA history. He set the NCAA all-division career sack record with 56, and also established a new Division II record for career tackles for a loss with 92 1/2.
Martin was named the PSAC West Defensive Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive season, making him the first player in league history to win four straight major postseasons awards. A three-time Super Region one Player of the Year and two-time consensus All-America selection, Martin started all 48 games Slippery Rock played in his career. He was also as CoSIDA Academic All-American. The defensive numbers that Marcus was able to put up during his four years at Slippery Rock are truly amazing.