Connor Martin started this season as a walk-on starting kicker for the Baylor Bears.
He’s performed admirably at that job, hitting 11 of his 13 field goal attempts. But midway through the season, Martin has found himself pulling double duty as Baylor’s punter.
When Drew Galitz, the original starter, went down with an injury, Martin stepped into his role. And as John Werner of the Waco Tribune detailed, Martin has flourished.
“He’s done a really nice job punting and kicking 45-yarders without even thinking about it,” Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said. “He’s brought a consistency to us that has been nice. And I’d say it’s all been Connor’s hard work and mental toughness.”
Martin kicked, punted and did kickoff duty at Frisco Centennial High School. As he told Werner, he feels right at home kicking and punting for the Bears.
“It was a matter of getting back into that rhythm. After getting used to it again, I felt fine,” he said.
Martin has thrived as a field goal kicker. He won the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week award earlier this season for his performance against Oklahoma.
Adding on punting duties has just been another drop in the bucket for him. And Baylor has benefitted from it.
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