November 7, 2017

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. –Joe Martin, of the University of Tennessee at Martin rifle team, was selected as one of six individuals to receive the prestigious Ohio Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Award for 2017-18.

The award is the highest individual honor that can be earned by OVC student-athletes, and is given annually to three men and three women student-athletes for their accomplishments in both the classroom and athletic arena, and because of their leadership qualities.

Martin is a captain for the Skyhawk rifle team, where he has been named to the OVC All-Newcomer Team and earned a pair of all-conference honors. As a junior in 2016-17, he earned honorable mention All-American honors in smallbore, producing an average score of 579.8 to go along with his 582.5 air rifle scoring average.

So far this season, Martin has been instrumental in the Skyhawks climbing to No. 17 in the national rankings. The senior from Emerado, ND posted a personal-high in air rifle against UTEP on Oct. 21 by firing a score of 589 against the Miners.

In the classroom, Martin holds a 3.75 Grade Point Average in mechanical engineering. He has earned the OVC Academic Medal of Honor and been named to the OVC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the UT Martin Dean’s List while being a part of the Honors Program. In addition, he was named to the 2016-17 Scholastic All-American Team and the 2014-15 CRCA All-Academic Team.

On campus Martin is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the UT Martin Athletics Advisory Board and SAE Baja Team. He has involved with numerous volunteer activities including working with St. Jude, Hoops For Heroes, Can Caravan and Letters in Motion.

Joining Martin on the 2017-18 OVC Scholar-Athlete list are: Allyson Dunn of Tennessee Tech (football), Justin Lea of Jacksonville State (football), Sally McCabe of Belmont (basketball), Josh Poplar of Tennessee Tech (football) and Kristen Stucker of Austin Peay (volleyball).

The six winners were selected from a group of 21 finalists by a vote of OVC Faculty Athletics Representatives. Honorees and must have performed athletically with distinction, earned at least a 3.25 grade point average and conducted themselves in a manner which has brought credit to the student-athlete, his or her institution, intercollegiate athletics and the OVC. The award is based on academic and athletic criteria/accomplishments achieved during the 2016-17 school year. 

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