The San Diego Chargers defensive lineman, a graduate of South, is holding a pro day at South Thursday.
Normally a pro day is when potential National Football League draft choices show what they can do to professional scouts.
Martin wants to extend that experience to as many youngsters as he can.
Former UConn running back Donald Brown led the nation in rushing (2,083 yards) during the 2008-2009 college football season. Jordan Todman, recently drafted by the San Diego Chargers, piled up 1,695 yards on the ground — which ranked fourth in the nation — this past fall.
The situation: Meltdowns on special teams led to three early-season losses that cost the Chargers a playoff spot. In Week 1, Kansas City’s Dexter McCluster had a 94-yard punt return against San Diego. In Week 3, Seattle’s Leon Washington burned the Chargers for two touchdowns on kickoffs returns. And in Week 5, Oakland blocked two punts against San Diego. Steve Crosby was let go after nine seasons as the Chargers’ special teams coach.
It’s possible, San Diego Union Tribune reporter Kevin Acee says. The NFL lockout has prohibited any player movement but the Chargers are in a “wait-and-see” mode with Smith right now. Acee reports there is some interest there and Smith has made it known he’s interested in joining the Chargers, Oakland Raiders or Baltimore Ravens.
San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle, like NFL free agents in the 2011 lockout offseason continues to play the waiting game.
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