Ingle Martin is a Tennessee native, and was a highly recruited athlete coming out of high school, where he led Nashville’s Montgomery Bell Academy (one of Tennessee’s perennially top football schools) to three consecutive state championships–serving as quarterback and kicker. After being sought after by a number of top-flight college programs (Tennessee, LSU, Alabama and Virginia to name a few), Ingle signed with The University of Florida as a Spurrier recruit, and red-shirted his freshmen year, serving on the scout team. His first year of action saw Martin punting, backing up Rex Grossman, and playing a little bit at wideout as well. Grossman’s exit into the NFL (which has gone really well) gave Ingle the inside track on the starting job his sophomore year, which he won. After an average first four starts, (2-2 with losses to Miami (FL) and Tennessee) he was benched by rookie coach Ron Zook. Zook then replaced him with his own highly touted freshman recruit, Chris Leak. Ingle transferred to Furman University in South Carolina following the season.
There, Ingle led the Paladins to the Southern Conference Title in his first year, and after another productive campaign his senior year (in which he set a number of different school passing records), he was taken by the Packers in the 5th Round of the 2006 draft to back up Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Martin joined the Titans in 2007 and spent the season on the practice squad before coming into this year’s camp as the number three quarterback behind Vince Young and Kerry Collins. He was cut towards the end of camp when the Titans went with only two quarterbacks on the active roster. He was immediately re-signed to the practice squad.
Just this past Wednesday, Martin was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to a two-year deal to address some of the lack of depth at the quarterback position there due to injuries. Many of us in Nashville have been rooting for Ingle for some time, and would have loved for him to find success here, but this is a business and he saw a better opportunity elsewhere. While his status on the Chiefs roster will probably be questionable upon Brodie Croyle‘s return, you never know where you’ll catch on. Either way, we wish him well.
Reading this, a thought popped into my head. Martin hasn’t played in the same system for more than a year or two since high school. Other than when he was at Furman, he’s also been buried beneath superstars or future stars that his coaches were attached to. I’m not saying he’ll be anything special, but he does have some diamond-in-the-rough credentials. For now, however, he is buried behind the Huard-Thigpen platoon (I’m going to have to discuss this potential horror show sometime this weekend).