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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Doug Martin's day the talk of the Bucs' locker room



OAKLAND, Calif. -- Doug Martin had a day on Sunday. You could tell by the smile the rookie running back wore when leaving the field after his Bucs franchise-record rushing performance.

But he was hardly the only one who got a kick out of it.

In the Bucs’ joyous locker room, teammates buzzed about their young counterpart and his historic performance. Some actually attempted to put Martin’s feats into words.

Here’s WR Mike Williams’ take: “On his (70-yard) run, he had just broken one, (the Raiders) went down and scored, and then he came right out and broke another one. So, I’m blocking down the field and I see Doug shoot out, and I’m trying to chase my man to block him, but Doug was gone. I told Vincent (Jackson), I was just laughing the whole way down the field.”

DT Gary Gibson said: “That was like some high school stuff, man. It was amazing. Every time you looked up he was in the end zone.”

OL Jeremy Zuttah, who had a front-row seat, said, “We’re so excited to see what he’s going to grow into and become. He’s going to keep building on this. And he makes our job easier. He gets a little crease and he’s just gone.”

Of Martin, who ended Sunday as the NFL’s third-leading rusher behind the Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch, DE Michael Bennett said only, “Pro Bowl. Period. Pro Bowl.”

QB Josh Freeman spoke not only of what Martin did with the ball in his hands, but what he does without it.

“It’s not only running the ball,” Freeman said. “There were a number of times where there might be blitzes coming and he just flat-out blew them up.”

[Last modified: Monday, November 5, 2012 2:28am]


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