#69 Matt Martin (OT) 1999-2001
Why?: A prime example of the success K-State had in recruiting the California junior colleges, Matt Martin came to K-State to provide depth and ended up being a starter on offensive lines that set all-time rushing records. Martin played as a backup offensive tackle in 2000 behind Milford Stephenson, before stepping into a starting role the following year. Martin proved to be a exceptional blocker, able to open outstanding holes for Josh Scobey and the Wildcat running game. In a year when the offense was down, the running game proved to be a bright spot as the Wildcat racked up impressive rushing totals. Martin did not receive any post-season honors for his one season in the spotlight, mainly due to playing on a lackluster 6-6 team, but he was a crucial piece in the Wildcats continuing their streak of bowl appearances. Martin went on to play for four seasons in the NFL for the Titans and Buccaneers.
Most Memorable Game: In a season where some worried if the Wildcats’ bowl streak would end, the Cats came through with flying colors against KU. The Wildcat offense was unstoppable, racking up 450 yards of offense in a 40-6 victory over the Jayhawks. Included in that offensive output was a 349 yard rushing performance, led by Josh Scobey’s 204 yard total, all aided by Matt Martin’s skillful blocking.
Current Player on the Roster Wearing #69: Noah Johnson –Senior OL
Odds to Replace Martin on This List: 50%. Johnson appears to be on the same trajectory as Martin, as he spent his junior year as a backup, but looks to be the likely starter at center this season. With a solid performance and some post-season recognition, Johnson would be a good candidate to replace Martin here. I’ll call it a toss-up.