Morgantown, West Virginia – Redshirt sophomore Kerry Martin appeared to have an incredibly bright future ahead for the West Virginia Mountaineers. As a true freshman, the West Virginia native was a Pro Football Focus All-Freshman All-American, finishing his first season in Morgantown as the team’s sixth leading tackler.
As a sophomore, everything changed. After being at the center of the controversy surrounding the investigation and subsequent firing of former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, Martin opted out of the season for medical reasons.
After a year off, Martin was expected to be back and better than ever this season. Martin, however, hasn’t seen the playing time that was expected and has only recorded 3 tackles in limited snaps.
And then…poof, he was gone. Since last weekend’s disappointing home loss against Texas Tech, where Martin barely played, he has been nowhere to be found.
Except on Twitter.
Martin, who didn’t travel with the team to Baylor, has been active on social media again. Today, he retweeted a tweet from a fan that leads to more questions than answers.
“I haven’t seen Kerry Martin Jr. get any snaps in the last 3 weeks. Before that I really only saw him play on special teams, other than against Long Island Virginia Tech. I don’t know why we have a freshman All-American on the bench. Makes you question what’s going on.”
I haven’t seen Kerry Martin Jr. get any snaps in the last 3 weeks. Before that I really only seen him play on ST, other than LIU and the FF against VT. I don’t know why we have a Freshman All-American in the bench.. makes you question what’s going on.
— Kyro Cole (@ColeKyro1) October 10, 2021
Martin also retweeted a message from former Mountaineer Terrell Chestnut that read, “I’m not in the locker room so I can’t say what’s going on. What I will say is something need to change. A lot of talent on this roster, just need to get them in the game! Kerry, stay the course and stay ready. Maximize every opportunity you get!”
— Kerry “KJ” Martin Jr. (@TheKerryMartin_) October 10, 2021
Of course the weak, neutered West Virginia media didn’t ask Neal Brown about Martin, so his status is completely unclear moving forward. The Voice of Motown reached out to Martin for an interview but he politely declined our request.