90 - Orion Martin Position: Defensive End
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 256 lbs.
High School: George Washington
Hometown: Martinsville, Va.
photo Heads into preseason practice No. 1 at the end spot vacated by Noland Burchette ... Was named the Hokies' most valuable defensive performer of spring practice ... Was extremely consistant with his approach during winter and spring workouts ... Combines experience with a non-stop motor and a lot of desire ... Was in the playing rotation at end last fall, contributing 12 quarterback hurries ... Also started on three special teams units and was a backup on three others ... His 149 plays on special teams were the second highest total on the team ... Is expected to be an important contributor in 2007.

2006: Contributed 29 tackles on the season, including 1.5 sacks ... Was in on 23 defensive plays in the opener against Northeastern ... Had two quarterback hurries and a tackle ... Contributed two tackles at UNC ... Shared a sack and was in on five tackles during the Duke game ... Made his first collegiate start in the Georgia Tech game ... Shared a sack in the Cincinnati game and finished the contest with four tackles ... Was in on three tackles and posted a quarterback hurry against Southern Miss ... Had a hurry and a tackle in the Clemson game ... Had three special teams tackles and one on defense against Kent State ... Also contributed a pair of QB hurries ... Played 20 downs on defense with a tackle and two quarterback hurries ... Added 17 plays on special teams ... Had a hurry and a tackle in the Virginia game ... Had two tackles against Georgia in the bowl game ... Finished second on the team in special team tackles with eight, all on punt returns ... Had two quarterback hurries in Tech's first spring scrimmage ... Added five tackles, two hurries and a sack in the second scrimmage ... Earned the George Preas Award, presented to the most valuable defensive player of the spring.

2005: Played in all 13 games ... His 152 plays on special teams ranked second-highest on the team during the regular season ... Had a total of 23 tackles, seven quarterback hurries and three passes broken up ... Broke up a pass in the opening game at NC State ... Shared a sack at Duke and contributed four tackles ... Added three tackles and a pass breakup against Ohio ... Was in on a tackle for loss against Georgia Tech ... Had two special teams tackles at West Virginia ... Contributed three tackles and a QB hurry in the Marshall game ... Played 26 downs on defense and 14 on special teams ... Had a tackle and a hurry in 13 defensive plays at Maryland ... Also had a hurry against Miami ... Saw action on 14 special teams plays in the BC game ... Played 15 snaps at end and 12 on special teams at UVa, contributing three tackles and a QB hurry ... Had 13 special teams plays against UNC with a tackle ... Picked up two solo tackles against Louisville in the Gator Bowl ... Turned in the best 40 by a defensive end during spring testing with a clocking of 4.52 ... Posted four tackles, two sacks and an additional tackle for loss during Tech's first spring scrimmage ... Blocked a field goal in the second scrimmage ... Also had three tackles, a TFL and a shared sack in that outing ... Was in on five tackles during the spring Maroon-White game, including two behind the line.

2004: Joined the team as a walk-on for spring practice ... Had a game-high seven tackles, including 3.5 for a loss and two sacks in the Maroon-White game ... Given the Paul Torgersen Award, awarded to the top newcomer, following spring practice ... Posted a 350-pound bench, a 550-pound back squat and a 34-inch vertical jump in spring testing.

Norfolk State: Attended NSU for 2004 spring semester.

Prep School: Played defensive end for Coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave for one semester.

High School: Played tight end and defensive end for Coach Everett Woods at George Washington ... As a senior, had three sacks, eight receptions for 190 yards and one interception ... Was named first team all-Western Valley as a senior ... Also lettered in basketball as a forward.

Personal: David Orion Martin ... Born 9/2/85 in Danville, VA ... Son of David and Denese Martin ... Brother, Cam, is a redshirt sophomore on the Tech football squad ... Uncle, Bobby Martin, played for Tech from 1986-1989 ... Majoring in apparel, housing and resource management.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2005 13 11 12 23 1.5-6 0.5-2
2006 13 9 20 29 1.5-10 1-8
2007 14 30 28 58 10.5-58 6.5-43
Career 40 50 60 110 13.5-74 8-53