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Super 30: No. 24 Trent Martin ready to exceed expectations

By Justin Harper Published: June 15, 2010

He heard the snap, he felt the pain. Then the right side of his body went numb.

And yet, here's what was going through Trent Martin's mind: "There's got to be a way I can keep playing.”

"If I could have had it my way, I would have tried,” said the Jenks linebacker, who broke his leg in the fourth game of last season. "I was worried I was going to be out for the season. When I found out I needed surgery, I was pretty devastated.”

But hardly content to miss the entirety of the 2009 season. Martin had the surgery the following Tuesday, a plate and seven screws inserted into his fibula. And then he set his mind on a return.

First round of the Class 6A playoffs, there was Martin, racking up tackle again for the Trojans.

"It was so good to be back,” said the 6-2, 225-pounder. "Mainly to be part of the team out on the field again, but also so I knew my whole junior year wasn't wasted.”

Even with missing six and a half weeks, which limited him to 21 tackles on the season, Martin has already done enough to earn a scholarship to Tulsa.

One thing's for sure, regardless of how much time Martin spent on the sidelines last season, toughness isn't an issue. Upon returning to the field, Martin broke the plate in his leg, yet he played out the season before having it removed.


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