Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm / Updated at 10:40 pm
NU’s Martin uses slights as ‘fuel’

It doesn’t take long for Nebraska defensive end Eric Martin to get worked up on a football field — and crack his teammates up in the process.

Linebacker Alonzo Whaley said that Martin takes any perceived slight from an opposing offense — a lineman shoving after the whistle, for example — and uses it as fuel for the next play, and a little trash talking on the side.

The funniest thing Martin’s said? Whaley said it’s when he told a Ohio State offensive tackle “I bet I bench press more than you!”

“I kind of looked at him like what does that have to do with anything?” Whaley said, smiling. “You never know what’s going to come from Eric Martin.”

Martin said he’s tried to improve his overall game this year instead of just being known as a pass rusher. After switching from linebacker to a hybrid end position in 2011, Martin said he had to gain weight to hold his own in the trenches and that it took getting used to. But Martin feels like he can handle the burden now.

“It didn’t irritate me, because the critics always going to say something,” Martin said. “But it just gave me a challenge to just prove people wrong. Let them know that I’m not just a pass-rusher, that I don’t only have one specific ability.”

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