Linebacker Carlton Martial prepares for big year with Trojan Football

Carlton Martial has an inspiring story as he began as a walk-on at Troy University and soon became one of the team’s star players as an All-American.

“The transition from walk-on to All-American, transition from a walk-on to a scholarship player that’s just nice,” says Martial. “Finally having that relief when that day happened. It’s one I always remember so I’m just grateful.”

After graduating Carlton decided to come back for his final season of playing football with the Trojans and he credits this to the relationships he’s formed.

“A lot of these guys I’ve kind of built a relationship with over the years,” says Martial. “They became family and these past three years haven’t been the best, I’m sure everyone knows that. I feel like we have something special going. I know I’m ready to see where we can take this out to.”

Says he wasn’t influenced by his personal records but rather he wants to help lead his team to securing a conference championship and potentially a New Year Six bowl game.

“You know I don’t like to think about personal goals, but hopefully NCAA tackle leader, hopefully maybe another All-American,” says Martial. “But honestly my main focus is a conference championship and hopefully, hopefully a New Year Six bowl. So if we can make that happen this year it’ll be nice.”

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