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Martinek Blazes 40-Yard Dash at Rutgers Pro Day

Hopatcong football star Joe Martinek puts on show for NFL coaches, scouts.

Hopatcong football star Joe Martinek burned it up Wednesday.

The Rutgers University fullback blazed a 4.40-second 40-yard dash during the Scarlet Knights' pro day at Highpoint Solutions Stadium in New Brunswick. The highlight run came on his second attempt. Martinek's first try was a 4.50.

Martinek hopes to follow the footsteps of former Rutgers fullback Brian Leonard, whom the St. Louis Rams drafted in the second round in 2007. In the past, Martinek has cited Leonard as a friend and inspiration.

By comparison, Leonard ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash in college. Martinek's 40 time would have been in a three-way tie for eighth-best at the combine, alongside South Carolina cornerback Stephen Gilmore and Miami's Lamar Miller, a running back, and wide receiver Tommy Streeter.

Martinek also had a strong showing in other areas at the Rutgers showcase.

The all-time New Jersey high school rushing leader (7,586 yards; 80 touchdowns) also bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times; recorded a 32 1/4-inch vertical jump; ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.9 seconds; zipped through the 60-yard shuttle in 11.34 seconds; finished the three-cone drill in 6.68 seconds; and nailed a 9-foot-8 broad jump.

Martinek, who led Hopatcong to a 2006 state title, spent three years as a Rutgers running back before coverting to fullback in 2011. The former Chief rushed for 1,770 yards on 391 carries and scored 17 touchdowns for the Scarlet Knights.

Click the PDF on the right for the full list of Rutgers pro day results.

Ty Callahan March 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Imagine if he were allowed to play RB.. Sucks to be white scouts and coaches categorize you as a Fullback no matter how fast, strong, or what kind of numbers you put up..
James March 26, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Martinek's best year was FAR better than Jawan Jamison. Jamison somehow replaced Martinek (a senior) as starting tailback as a true freshman after all the work Joe put in. Jamison averaged 3.9 YPC while only putting up good numbers against two good rush defenses all season (West Virginia and Cinci). Martinek ran for 4.7 YPC and over 900 yards (significantly better efficiency in '09). Huggins was already ranked NFLdraftscout's number 12 HB for his graduate year after running for a measly 2.6 YPC and fumbling 4 times (twice inside the 10 yd line) due to an inflated recruiting ranking. Joe was never above mid 20s for 2012 ranked RBs, even after his best season and is somehow now ranked a FB. Sometimes these professional scouts mind boggle me.

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