BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Devoriae Martin piled up over 13-hundred-60 yards and 9 touchdowns as a sophomore and was expecting to explode during his junior campaign. However a knee injury placed the gifted running back on the sidelines for the entire 2012 season.
He's back, running with the same abandon and explosiveness that he displayed two years ago. The 5-foot-9, 190 pound senior showed no ill effects of sitting out an entire season in a jamboree victory over Gautier in August.
Martin said,"I feel like it's my first time playing again. From the surgery I had I feel pretty good being on the football field being around with my teammates."
After wins over Bay High and Fort Walton Beach, Devoriae has piled up 213 yards rushing, 3 touchdowns, netting 9.68 yards a carry.
Martin has 4 receptions for 78 yards, leading the Indians with a 19.5 yards per catch average.
He has set a high standard for his senior season.
Devoriae said,"I plan is to rush over 2,000 yards this year and put on between 15 to 20 pounds. I run a 4.45 as of right now and want to get down to a 4.43 or 4.42."
Coach John Shannon added,"He's done a great job. It first started with his rehab. When he got injured we went in and got it taken care of. He's been in rehab, been lifting weights and he's bigger, faster and stronger from two years ago when you saw him as a sophomore."
Devoriae says, so far, no colleges have contacted him. Biloxi head coach John Shannon added,no problem... they will be calling soon.
"It's a strong strenuous season for a running back but he'll get signed and someone is going to get a really good player."
Besides Devoriae, the Indians also have another outstanding running back in Danny Lewis who was a thousand yard rusher last season.
One of the marquee games on the "Friday Night Football Showdown" will send undefeated Oak Grove at undefeated Biloxi Friday night at 7.