USC Coaching Staff: Grading the Tee Martin Hire

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Along with offensive coordinator Clay Helton, Tee Martin is the only holdover from USC’s previous coaching staff.

2014 will be Martin’s third season as a member of the Trojan coaching staff and he will oversee the wide receivers and serve as the passing game coordinator.

Prior to joining the Trojans, Martin was the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at Kentucky for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Under Martin’s instruction at Kentucky, Wildcat wide receiver Kendall Cobb earned All-America honors in 2010.

Martin’s impact on the field at USC was largely seen in 2012 when helped coach Marqise Lee to the Biletnikoff Award.  Lee set Pac-12 records in 2012 with 112 receptions and 1,680 receiving yards.

Along with being highly-regarded for his football acumen, Martin is also viewed as an ace recruiter.  Martin’s ability to connect with prospects makes him invaluable and is likely a key reason for him being retained by Steve Sarkisian.

2014 will bring a new set of challenges as Martin will need to adjust to working with a new staff and will coaching a receiving corps without the presence of Lee.

Final Grade: A+

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  • agent13

    Agree on the A+ possibly from a recruiting perspective. I’m voting a B from a coaching perspective.
    During the past 3 years, SC was blessed from having Robert Woods establish a strong work ethic for the star WRs. Lee and Agholor have followed suit. The question is what was being done with the other WRs. 4-stars Flournoy and Blackwell and 5-star Farmer (yes, he got injured but this was also his third year here) didn’t progress. The confusing part with Blackwell is that spring practice reports indicated that he was making great plays when given the opportunity because of injuries to other WRs [much like the situation with Allen @ tailback]. Interestingly enough, Robinson kept Allen’s focus and when the opportunity presented itself, Allen took advantage – the rest is history. The same can’t be said for Blackwell. I hope that Martin is able to “coach-up” Blackwell, Farmer, Mitchell, Rogers and whomever else they get this year.

    • Matthew Moreno

      That’s certainly a fair assessment. However, I would argue that Rogers performed well when his number was called.

      I would hope (presume) 2014 could be the year Blackwell emerges and Farmer is able to get healthy. Though given Farmer’s luck, I have more hope for Blackwell.