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Marshall running back arrested

Jun. 24, 2011 @ 10:54 PM

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University football player Tron Martinez was arrested Friday on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction according to officials with the Western Regional Jail.

The sophomore running back from Hampton, Va., was incarcerated at 6:50 p.m., Friday. Bail was set at $3,100.

Martinez has a history of legal trouble.

On April 17, 2009, Martinez was arrested and charged with 11 felonies, including gang participation, and a pair of misdemeanors in his hometown. At the time, Martinez had a football scholarship to Old Dominion University, which was quickly taken away.

He spent two and a half months in jail and nearly nine months on home confinement. Eventually, all charges were dropped minus a misdemeanor.

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday took Martinez as a non-scholarship walk-on player for the 2010 season. In 11 games with three starts, he rushed for 262 yards and one touchdown on 78 carries.

He was awarded a scholarship following the season and delivered by having arguably the most impressive spring of any Thundering Herd offensive player. Beefed up to 5-foot-9, 195 pounds, Martinez had more strength to go with his 4.4 second speed in the 40-yard dash.

For his spring efforts, Holliday rested Martinez in the annual Green-White Game.

Martinez would be expected to be the No.1 back when the team reports for fall camp in early August, ahead of Essray Taliaferro, Martin Ward and newcomer Travon Van.


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