Tee Martin

Tamaurice Nigel "Tee" Martin (born July 25, 1978) is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the wide receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as an assistant coach at the University of Tennessee, University of Southern California, University of Kentucky, University of New Mexico, North Atlanta HS, North Cobb HS and Morehouse College.

Tee Martin
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Martin visits the Kentucky Army National Guard in 2010
Baltimore Ravens
Position:Wide receivers coach
Personal information
Born: (1978-07-25) July 25, 1978 (age 43)
Mobile, Alabama
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school:Williamson (Mobile, Alabama)
College:Tennessee
NFL Draft:2000 / Round: 5 / Pick: 163
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
  • Morehouse (2006)
    Passing game coordinator
  • North Cobb HS (2007)
    Passing game coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • North Atlanta HS (2008)
    Offensive coordinator & quarterbacks coach
  • New Mexico (2009)
    Quarterbacks coach
  • Kentucky (2010)
    Wide receivers coach
  • Kentucky (2011)
    Passing game coordinator & wide receivers coach
  • USC (2012–2013)
    Wide receivers coach
  • USC (2014–2015)
    Passing game coordinator & wide receivers coach
  • USC (2016–2018)
    Offensive coordinator & wide receivers coach
  • Tennessee (2019–2020)
    Assistant head coach & wide receivers coach
  • Baltimore Ravens (2021–present)
    Wide receivers coach
Career highlights and awards
As player:
Career NFL statistics
Completion %:37.5
TDINT:0–1
Passing yards:69
Passer rating:25.3
Rushing yards:26
Career CFL statistics
Completion %:42.1
TDINT:1–4
Passing yards:458
Passer rating:43.2
Rushing yards:64
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR · CFL.ca (archive)

Martin played college football at Tennessee and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. During his six seasons of playing in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL), Martin played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rhein Fire, Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Early yearsEdit

Martin attended and played high school football at Williamson High School.[1]

Playing careerEdit

CollegeEdit

While at the University of Tennessee, Martin played college football under head coach Phillip Fulmer from 1996 to 1999. Martin was a backup to Peyton Manning during his freshman and sophomore years at the University of Tennessee.[2] During his junior season, Martin led the 1998 Tennessee Volunteers football team to a 13–0 record and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Florida State, winning the school its first NCAA Division I-A national football championship since 1951.[3][4] He was teammates with running back Jamal Lewis in his early years at Tennessee and wide receiver Peerless Price, who each went on to play in the NFL.[5]

In the 1998 season, Martin broke the NCAA record for consecutive completions.[3] Against South Carolina, Martin completed his first 23 passes. Combined with a completion on his last pass the previous week against Alabama, Martin's string of 24 consecutive completions and 95.8% completion percentage set new records. Martin broke the Southeastern Conference record of Ole Miss' Kent Austin, which was 20 consecutive. He broke the NCAA record for completions over multiple games with 23 consecutive over two games, which was shared by Southern Cal's Rob Johnson and Maryland's Scott Milanovich. In addition, he broke the one-game record of 22 straight completions set by Iowa's Chuck Long in 1984. Lastly, his 95.8% completion percentage broke the previous best single-game completion percentage of 92.6% set by UCLA's Rick Neuheisel in 1983.[6]

In 1999, Martin led the Vols to their second consecutive BCS bowl, a 31–21 loss to #3 Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl.[7] During Martin's two years as a starter at Tennessee, the Vols were 11-1 over six major conference foes, (2–0 vs. Alabama, 2–0 vs. Auburn, 2–0 vs. Georgia, 2–0 vs. Vanderbilt, 2-0 vs. Kentucky, and 1–1 vs. Florida).

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Year School Conf Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1996 Tennessee SEC QB 11 2 4 50.0 24 6.0 6.0 0 0 100.4
1997 Tennessee SEC QB 4 6 12 50.0 87 7.3 5.2 1 1 121.7
1998 Tennessee SEC QB 12 153 267 57.3 2,164 8.1 8.5 19 6 144.4
1999 Tennessee SEC QB 11 165 305 54.1 2,317 7.6 7.1 12 9 125.0
Career Tennessee 326 588 55.4 4,592 7.8 7.7 32 16 133.6

ProfessionalEdit

Martin was drafted in the fifth round with the 163rd overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.[8] In 2004, Martin was released as a member of the Oakland Raiders after four NFL seasons. Martin spent one season in the NFL Europe league.[3] During the 2002 season, he helped lead the Rhein Fire to a league best 7–3 record. The Fire lost in the World Bowl, falling 20–26 to the Berlin Thunder.[9]

Coaching careerEdit

Morehouse CollegeEdit

Martin began his coaching career as the passing game coordinator at Morehouse College in 2006.

North Cobb HSEdit

In 2007, Martin joined North Cobb High School as their passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

North Atlanta HSEdit

In 2008, Martin joined North Atlanta High School as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

New MexicoEdit

In 2009, Martin was hired by the University of New Mexico as their quarterbacks coach under head coach Mike Locksley.[10]

KentuckyEdit

In 2010, Martin joined as the wide receivers coach at the University of Kentucky under head coach Joker Phillips.[11] In 2010, Martin was given an additional role as passing game coordinator.

USCEdit

In February 2012, Martin was hired as the wide receivers coach at the University of Southern California under head coach Lane Kiffin. He had been linked with jobs at both Alabama and Oregon previously. News of his hiring at USC was broken by a tweet by quarterback Matt Barkley.[12] Martin replaced Ted Gilmore who left to take a job at the Oakland Raiders.[13] On December 18, 2015, Martin was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Trojans under head coach Clay Helton.[14] On December 27, 2018, after a 5-7 season, Martin became a casualty of a staff shakeup and was fired from the position.[15]

TennesseeEdit

On January 15, 2019, Martin joined the University of Tennessee, his alma mater, as their assistant head coach and wide receivers coach under head coach Jeremy Pruitt.[16]

Baltimore RavensEdit

On February 6, 2021, Martin was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as their wide receivers coach under head coach John Harbaugh, replacing David Culley, who departed to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Martin was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He is married to his wife, Toya Rodriguez, a recording artist known professionally as Toya.[3] His oldest child, Amari Rodgers, plays as a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and is a Clemson University alumnus, where he recorded over 1,000 receiving yards during his senior season.[18] Martin’s middle child, Kaden, is a highly recruited football and baseball prospect who is committed to the University of Miami as a baseball player but will also walk onto the football team. Martin’s youngest son, Cannon, was born in 2012.

Martin owns Playmakers Sports, a company specializing in sports event planning, quarterback training, and skills development[19] and is a college football expert on Comcast Sports Southeast program Talkin' Football.[20] He is a quarterback coach for the Nike Elite 11 Quarterback Camps, Nike Football Training Camps, and has trained many high school and Division 1 quarterbacks.[21] In 2008, Martin created the "Dual Threat" Quarterback Camp and Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "From Mobile to Los Angeles, USC's Tee Martin has charted his own course". ABC News. August 26, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  2. ^ Dufresne, Chris (January 3, 1999). "The Tee in Tennessee". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tee Martin bio". University of Kentucky. Archived from the original on February 17, 2010. Retrieved February 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "TENNESSEE GOES OUT ON TOP". Washington Post. January 5, 1999. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "1998 Tennessee Volunteers Roster". Sports Reference. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "No. 3 Vols, Martin Blast S.C." CBS News. October 31, 1998. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "1999 Tennessee Volunteers Schedule and Results". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Tee Martin". Pro-Football-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
  9. ^ "NFL Europe/WLAF Seasons". The Football Database. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "New Mexico Fits Martin to a Tee". Albuquerque Journal. March 22, 2009. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  11. ^ "Tee Martin Joins UK Football Staff". Kentucky Wildcats. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  12. ^ "Reports: USC to hire Tee Martin as WR coach". Orange County Register. February 15, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  13. ^ McKinney, Eric. "Source -- Ted Gilmore leaves USC Trojans for Oakland Raiders job". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  14. ^ Klein, Gary (December 18, 2015). "USC promotes Tee Martin to offensive coordinator - LA Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  15. ^ "Former UT Vols QB Tee Martin is out as USC offensive coordinator". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sources: Ex-Vols QB Martin to join Pruitt's staff". ESPN.com. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  17. ^ Brown, Clifton (February 6, 2021). "Ravens Hire Four Coaches, Including Pass Game Specialist and WR Coach". www.baltimoreravens.com. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  18. ^ Thomas, Chris (January 30, 2017). "How Clemson football landed Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  19. ^ "Tee Martin". LinkedIn. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  20. ^ "Tee Martin Joins UK Football Staff". Kentucky Wildcats Athletics. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  21. ^ "Tee Martin". University of Southern California Athletics. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  22. ^ "USC football: Tee Martin is officially on board". Orange County Register. February 23, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2017.

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