Western Carolina played Chattanooga Saturday afternoon as the Catamounts honored their seniors and the three newest members of the WCU Athletics Hall of Fame.
2012 (Senior): Started in the defensive secondary in all 10 games in which he saw action, missing the opener against Mars Hill stemming from a one-game suspension from the 2011 season ... Recorded a single-season career-high 36 tackles including 22 solo stops ... Broke up four passes including two against Samford ... Dropped back on kickoff returns the final four games of the season, making six returns for 164 yards with a long of 46 against nationally-ranked Appalachian State ... Credited with a career-high nine tackles including six solo stops at Marshall ... Recovered a fumble at Elon, returning the turnover 34 yards to set-up a WCU touchdown early in the second half ... Made his second career interception against Chattanooga, matching his career-long 14 yards on the return to score his lone collegiate touchdown giving him six career points.
2011 (Junior): Played in all 11 games making nine starts including the first five of the season and the final three games of the year ... Finished tied for 10th on the team with a career-best 32 tackles including 21 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss - all coming against Furman ... Ranked second on the squad with four pass break-ups ... Made his first collegiate interception against The Citadel, returning the pick 16 yards ... Finished with a career-high seven tackles against nationally-ranked Wofford ... Recorded an interception in WCU's annual Spring Game.
2010 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games including five appearances in the starting lineup ... Made his first collegiate start at Chattanooga, finishing with a then career-high four tackles including three solo stops ... Recorded 17 tackles on the season including 11 unassisted stops with one pass break-up coming against Samford ... Posted at least one tackle in nine of the 11 games on the season.
2009 (Freshman): Saw action in eight games, predominantly on special teams ... Missed the final three games of the season with a shoulder injury ... Finished with three total tackles including one solo stop and two assisted hits ... Posted a then career-best two tackles in the season-opener at SEC-foe, Vanderbilt.
Prior to Western: Played both quarterback and defensive back as a senior for Cartersville HS and head coach Frank Barden ... Rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns, adding four catches for 121 yards and a pair of TDs on offense during his prep career ... Also completed 21-of-39 pass attempts in his final season for 275 yards and two TD passes ... Tallied 61 total tackles including a pair of sacks and five interceptions on defense for Cartersville HS.
Personal: Full name is Elijer Rashid Martinez ... Is the son of Jose Martinez and Deffie Lawrence ... Has three younger siblings; Denario, Rayven and Crystal.