Pitt State’s Martin motivated for Gorillas “Family Day” game

Jalen Martin's family is traveling from Detroit to watch him play this weekend.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Family is important to Pitt State wide receiver Jalen Martin.

“I’ve been through a lot in my life. My family has been with me every step of the way,” Martin says, “Whether I was right, wrong or indifferent, I know they always got my back.”

His family will make the trip from Michigan to be there for him again on Saturday – when the Gorillas host Emporia State for their annual “Family Day” game.

“They’re coming all the way down from Detroit to be at this one,” Martin says, “I can’t wait. It’s definitely another energy boost. It’s special when they come see me play.”

Through three games Martin leads the MIAA in receiving with 252 yards.

“He loves to play the game and he wants to be a well-rounded player,” says Pitt State head coach Brian Wright, “He wants to be able to run the whole route tree. He wants to be able to block for us. We ask him to go in the box and block a lot, too. We’ve utilized him in a lot of different ways. It certainly helps you when you have a guy who can win some one-on-one matchups like he does.”

“It’s always going to be a team effort. A lot of those things I do, I can’t do by myself,” Martin adds, “Obviously I need the offensive line to block, and the quarterback to put the ball there and all of us to be on the same page. I credit all of them more than anything.”

Martin is a graduate transfer from Iowa State in his first and final full season with the Gorillas.

It’s the family atmosphere at PSU that brought him from Ames to southeast Kansas to finish his college career.

“I wanted to be somewhere that was family-oriented. I felt like after coming on my visit and talking to coach and some of the players, that’s what drew me here,” Martin says of Pitt State, “The success and the tradition that’s been here is awesome. It’s amazing. It’s good to be educated on those things and add to it as well. I feel like this is the best fit for me.”

Martin and the Gorillas face Emporia State Saturday at 7 PM at Carnie Smith Stadium in Pittsburg.