AFL NOTES: After struggling with inconsistency in their kicking game to start the 2004 season, the Desperados signed Carlos Martinez on April 23, 2004 to try to solve that problem. Martinez – who made his Arena Football League debut last spring – spent part of the 2002 af2 season with the Fresno Frenzy. He is a strong legged kicker that booms the ball on kickoffs and has experience kicking at the narrow indoor goal posts.
AFL 2004: After signing with Dallas eight weeks into the season, Martinez connected on three-of-10 field goals – including a 54-yarder – and 30-of-34 extra points. He also added seven special teams tackles. In his AFL debut at Orlando (4/5), he converted all seven PATs but did not attempt a field goal. Against New York (5/1), he connected on two-of-three point after attempts and missed field goal attempts from 41 and 43 yards. He hit all four PATs and two field goal attempts – a 20-yarder and a team-record 54-yarder – at Austin (5/9). At Chicago (5/16), Martinez converted five-of-six point after attempts but missed on three field goal attempts (64, 37 and 61 yards). He then connected on six-of-seven PATs against Columbus (5/22). In the season finale against Tampa Bay (5/30), he converted six-of-seven extra point attempts, hit a 42-yard field goal and missed 50- and 31-yard field goal attempts.
OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2004 – Martinez signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the end of the 2003 NFL season but was released during the preseason. 2003 – Martinez went to training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles but was released prior to the start of the season. 2002 – Martinez kicked in eight games for the Fresno Frenzy of af2, converting two-of-10 field goal attempts and 18-of-25 PATs. He also posted five tackles, two catches for -13 yards and a pass attempt.
COLLEGE: Martinez was a three-time All-America for Buena Vista University in Iowa, connecting on 48 career field goal attempts to rank second on the Division III all-time field goal list. He also holds Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference records for field goals in a season (17) and a game (five), helping make him a three-time All-IIAC selection. He was the MVP of the 2001 Aztec Bowl as a senior, and he was named Division III Kicker of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior.
PERSONAL: Martinez was a three-time all-state honoree for Papillion-LaVista, Neb., High School, where he set the Nebraska state prep record for career field goals with 28. The sport/fitness management major was also a member of the school’s wrestling team, winning the state championship in 1998.