Greatest Wildcats Jersey Countdown: #78

#78 Jeremy Martin (OG) 1994-1998

Why?: Yet another member of that great offensive line from 1997, Jeremy Martin came to K-State from Olathe, Kansas and stepped into a backup role for Ross Greenwood. Martin’s chance came in 1996, when he earned a start in 1997 Cotton Bowl in place of Greenwood. Martin went on to become a starter for the next two seasons, filling one of the holes vacated by Greenwood and Toosavili Ulutu. Martin never received post-season recognition, mainly due to being overshadowed by such great offensive linemen as Ryan Young, Todd Weiner, and Kendyl Jacox. Martin never played in the NFL, and by most accounts should not be on this list, but given the strength of that offensive line in 1997 and 1998, and the fact that Martin was a starter both years, he’s earned a spot.

Most Memorable Game: Facing Iowa State in 1998, the Wildcats were already ranked 4th in the country. Their streak of wins was becoming impressive, and the Cats were bent on continuing that streak. The Wildcats simply demolished ISU, winning 52-7 and in the process recording the 5th highest offensive output in school history, with 573 yards. Yet again, any offensive output rests on the performance of the offensive line and Jeremy Martin was a big piece of the offense in this game, helping the Wildcats to reach a number 1 ranking that season.

Current Player on the Roster Wearing #78: Marshall Kellner – Sophomore OL

Odds to Replace Martin on This List: 5%. Lineman certainly rotate in and out and there will be opportunities this year to earn a spot, so I won’t discount his chance entirely. That said, he’ll need to make an impact over multiple seasons, including some post season recognition to unseat Martin on this list. That line from 1997-1998 was just so good at protecting Bishop and clearing running lanes that it would take some standout work to outdo anyone on that group.

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