SASKATOON – Travoy Martinez looks to be an important component of the University of Saskatchewan’s football team this upcoming season.
After making an impact as a rookie with the U of S Huskies, Martinez was limited to just one game in 2013 after he suffered a collarbone injury during an early season kickoff return.
Initially, he didn’t think the injury was significant.
“To be honest, I was still into the game so I told the trainer I guess I have a stinger, can I still go in,” admits Martinez.
“She was like no, it’s broken. I kind of still had mobility and stuff like that, but it was season ending.”
Missing the entire season was tough, but the Dallas, Texas product did find positives.
“It was bad that I didn’t get to play, but I also took it as more mental reps and stuff like that. Just to sit back and watch and understand that nothing is guaranteed.”
Head coach Brian Towriss agrees that Martinez does seem to understand the Canadian game and his cornerback position better.
“He’s made less mistakes certainly this year and has a better understanding of what we are doing,” says Towriss.
“Travoy is a guy that the more reps he gets, the better he is.”
While Martinez will look to dominate on defence, it’s his work on special teams that may give the Dogs an extra edge.
“I think where he makes the biggest different is in the return game,” Towriss boasts.
“That’s where his biggest impact has been.”