Quinton Martin Jr. Competing For Playing Time After Blue-White Game Performance

Remember the name Quinton Martin Jr., folks.

The former four-star recruit out of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania was ranked the No. 3 player in the state and the No. 6 running back in the country, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Martin was one of Penn State football’s 16 early enrollees this spring and after dealing with some injuries he was able to show his talent in the Blue-White Game.

Martin, who took reps with both teams, finished the afternoon with six attempts for 34 yards and two touchdowns. Despite the light workload, he was able to make the most of his opportunities.

“With the ups and downs of our running back room [with] injuries and whatnot. I feel like he stepped up,” linebacker Tony Rojas said of Martin after the game. “I feel like he’s going to have a great season.”

James Franklin was also impressed with Martin’s performance. With Trey Potts declaring for the NFL Draft, Franklin said the offense is still looking for that third running back behind Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen.

“Between now and West Virginia, he’s got a lot of work to do and I think he’ll do it,” Franklin said. “I think he’s got the chance to be competing to be in that rotation in training camp.”

The other running backs competing for that third spot are redshirt freshmen Cam Wallace and London Montgomery. Wallace finished with seven rushes for 36 yards and had one reception for six yards. Montgomery finished with five rushes for eight yards.

Franklin said a big factor in determining who will get that third spot in the rotation will come down to whoever remains available throughout the summer.

“The number one ability in football is availability,” Franklin said. “They’ve got to be out there to be developed every single day and they’ve got to be out there to be evaluated every single day.”

Linebacker Kobe King highlighted the competitiveness of the running back room and said how all three guys have taken a big step forward this spring. As for Martin, King said he was impressed with his versatility.

“The new guy, 25. He’s like a receiver in the backfield,” King said. “He runs his routes, he’s sticking to his routes, he’s athletic, he shows elusiveness, and he can bring a different type of style to our offense.”

Quarterback Beau Pribula talked after the game about both Martin and Wallace’s explosiveness, and despite Martin’s lack of experience at the college level, he has been impressed with his development so far.

“He’s a young guy, technically he’s still a high school student, but he’s extremely mature from what I’ve seen so far,” Pribula said. “He carries himself like he’s already an older guy so, I’m excited for what the future holds.”

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