Brenton Martin: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Brenton Martin
School: University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
I only set one goal for my senior season and we accomplished that while making school history. We are the only team to win 20 games in the calendar year of 2021. The individual accolades are cool but my main goal was to do whatever it took to help my team win the National Championship. I wanted to be as selfless as possible, play fast, play physical, be relentless, be prepared, & be trustworthy of my team.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
The extra year of eligibility gave my team and I time to gel and become something special in all three phases of the game. More importantly, the QB’s and WR’s were able to work on our timing in the passing game in the 2021 Spring season which carried over to our successful 2021 Championship Season. The extra year allowed me to improve my IQ, route running , blocking, and playmaking abilities individually as well.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
You are getting an unselfish player/teammate who wants everyone to succeed around him and goes out his way to help develop the younger guys on the team. You are getting a big play playmaker who can change the momentum of the game at any time. They would say that I am competitive, that I am not scared to get physical and mix it up a bit, and that I am great contested ball catcher and great route runner.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
While dissecting film I try to view the game from a QB prospective being that I played QB all throughout high school and on a collegiate level. I look at the percentages of what coverage a team will play depending on down and distance or the situation. I focus in and try to find all of their alignments, audibles, and tendencies as well. In addition, I like to focus of on which DB’s have all played in games, their top DB’s, and what their individual tendencies are. I watch to see if they have good feet and hips and how they have covered other WR’s previously. I will have our plays for the week that we are calling and will mentally run the route while watching film so I can get a better understanding of the concept and how to attack the defense for 4 quarters straight.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I do not like to compare myself to other players and their capabilities, being that everybody does something better than somebody. However, my discipline, championship DNA, work ethic, IQ, playmaking ability and catch ability play a major factor in what separates me from others in my position. In addition, playing QB made me a much better WR because I know where I need to be and when I need to be there.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My off season plans are to graduate college, spend more time with my daughter and train. I am currently training for a Pro Day right now as well as getting selected in the CFL and USFL. I plan to come out this offseason stronger, faster and ready to compete.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
On and off the field, I will bring positivity to my teammates and a championship mentality. Priding myself of being coachable, a competitor, a hard worker, and a winner who is ready to come in and help an organization in any way shape or form.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
Any team willing to take a chance on me will never regret that situation. I am eager to learn and grown from the coaching staff and all of my teammates around me by being a sponge to the game. I am constantly soaking up information at all times and looking for a way improve my game. You are looking at somebody who is coming from a Division III school and does not receive athletic scholarships. You are looking at somebody who is hungry and waiting for the opportunity to put in work and help a program in any way I can. The time and the sacrifices I made were all out of my pocket to play the game I love. You will get nothing short of a 1,000% from me and I will strive to get better day in and day out.