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Denver Broncos Sign Quarterback Ingle Martin

In the Denver Broncos preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, 2nd string quarterback Chris Simms sprained his ankle, and he is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with the injury. The Broncos, as expected, went out to find another backup qb. There search led them to Ingle Martin.

According to the Denver Post

The Broncos signed free agent quarterback Ingle Martin Wednesday and plan on playing the veteran in their preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals Sept. 3.

Ingle Martin

Ingle Martin was with the Florida Gators for the first couple years of his college days.

In 2001, Martin was a member of Florida’s scout team. He won Florida’s John Eibner Award, which is presented annually to the scout team “unsung hero”.

In 2002, Martin played in 12 of 13 games. He served as the backup quarterback to Rex Grossman but served also as the starting punter in seven games. Martin also played wide receiver in eight games. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 96 yards. Martin also caught two passes for 14 yards and rushed 11 times for 51 yards. As punter, he averaged 35.2 yards on 46 punts.

In 2003, Martin started the first four games of the season before new head coach Ron Zook replaced him in the starting lineup with Chris Leak, one of the nation’s top freshmen quarterbacks, for the rest of the season after Martin suffered a concussion against the Miami Hurricanes, placing Martin in limbo as to where his career at Florida was going.

Martin started against San Jose State, Miami (Fla.), Florida A&M and Tennessee. He completed 47 of 77 passes, a 61.0% completion percentage, for 654 yards and three touchdowns, for a quarterback rating of 140.5 efficiency rating.

Upon completion of his sophomore year, Martin transferred to South Carolina’s Furman University, where he had two successful years and set a number of passing records.

In 2004, his first season at Furman, Martin led the most balanced offense in school history (226.2 ypg rush/228.8 ypg pass). He started all 13 games, completing 198 of 320 passes (61.9%) for 2,792 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Martin also carried 62 times for 292 yards (4.7 avg) and three touchdowns. He gained 3,084 yards on 382 plays, an average of 237.2 yards per game in total offense. Martin also punted 10 times for 308 yards (30.8 avg), with six of his kicks being downed inside the 20-yard line.

In 2005, Martin was selected as an All-American Second-team choice as a quarterback by The Sports Network, and First-team honors as a punter from 1-AA.org. He also won All-Southern Conference First-team honors at both quarterback and punter. Martin was named All-South Carolina as a quarterback by the South Carolina state sportswriters. He also won, Furman’s Vince Perone (Team MVP) Award following his senior season.

Martin served as team captain, starting 14 games. On the season he completed 212-of-349 passes (60.7%) for 2,959 yards a new single seaon record, 20 touchdowns (second behind his 2004 total) and 13 interceptions. He also carried 77 times for 232 yards (3.0 avg) and five touchdowns. Martin accounted for 3,193 yards in total offense, also a school record, on 426 plays, an average of 227.9 yards per game. He punted 34 times for 1,446 yards (43.2 avg., the third-best season total in school history behind Ronnie McCutchan 43.7, 1993, and Paul Stombaugh 44.7, 1949) with the longest being 70 yards, as 11 kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line and eight others resulted in fair catches. Only 13 of Martin’s punts were returned, finishing with a 38.79-yard net average.

Martin started every game during his two seasons at Furman, setting new school records for passing yards (5,761 breaking Furman’s career-record of 5,379 yards by Braniff Bonaventure) (1992-1996), passing touchdowns (42), and total offense (6,277) while finishing second in career touchdown completions (50, surpassing the old mark of 41 by Bobby Lamb) (1982-1985) and passer rating (147.65), and third in completion percentage (61.3%, 410-of-669). Martin also rushed the ball 139 times for 524 yards (3.8 avg) and eight touchdowns, accounting for 6,275 yards in total offense on 808 plays. He also punted 44 times for 1,754 yards (39.9 avg) with 17 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line while only 24 of his punts were returned, finishing with a 36.27-yard net average.

He also, holds the top two season performances in school annals with 3,084 yards in total offense in 2004 and 3,193 yards in 2005.

Source: Wikipedia

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