Wide Receiver Oliver Martin Fulfills Dream of Playing at Michigan Stadium

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Wide Receiver Oliver Martin Fulfills Dream of Playing at Michigan Stadium

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Wide Receiver Oliver Martin Fulfills Dream of Playing at Michigan Stadium

A year ago, Michigan wide receiver Oliver Martin was an observer at The Big House, taking a redshirt for his freshman season.

In Michigan’s first home game of 2018 against Western Michigan, Martin’s dream of taking the field in front of over 110,000 fans in Ann Arbor finally came true.

“That why I came here,” Martin explained, “to play in big games. I think I did pretty well.”

The 6-foot-1, 188-pound receiver caught one pass for nine yards in Michigan’s 49-3 dominance of the Broncos on Sept. 8. Despite not playing a ton, Martin felt he excelled when called upon.

“There’s a little bit of anticipation,” Martin said. “You work hard all camp to potentially get playing time. Then it comes, it’s just like the reward.”

Michigan’s wide receiver room is not a group that lacks talent. Not with options like Nico Collins, Tarik Black, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Grant Perry Jacob McCurry and Nate Schoenle for quarterback Shea Patterson to find downfield.

Even though Martin was a four-star prospect from Iowa City (Iowa) West, getting playtime was a dogfight. It was only through hard work and determination during his redshirt season that the receiver found himself in the mix.

Nothing was given. Everything was earned.

“A big piece that (Jim) Harbaugh really emphasized for me was really being consistent every day with assignments and making plays and being aggressive,” Martin said. “Those are things I kept in mind every day in practice and kind of helped me get into the rotation a little bit.”

From Perry, a senior receiver for the Wolverines, Martin gained a plethora of knowledge. Perry has helped with alignments on the field, certain releases and identifying coverages.

Martin has taken a quote from Perry to heart – “The hungry dog eats best.”

“It’s definitely a team-wide mentality, but Grant mentioned it specifically to the receiver group after practice,” Martin said.

Another aspect of Perry’s leadership is to help keep team morale high regardless of the situation. After a 24-17 loss to Notre Dame in the season opener, the 6-foot, 195-pound wide receiver told his group to stay ambitious, hungry and driven for success.

“He’s been around for four years and he obviously knows the position really well,” Martin said. “He’s got a lot of insight on it.”

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