May 10, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State all-conference running back Joey DeMartino has signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs it was announced Saturday.
DeMartino becomes the eighth Utah State football player from the 2013 Mountain West Conference Mountain Division and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl championship team to move on to the NFL as safety Maurice Alexander was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (110th pick) and cornerback Nevin Lawson was also drafted in the fourth round (133rd pick) by the Detroit Lions, while center Tyler Larsen (Miami Dolphins), tight end D.J. Tialavea (Jacksonville Jaguars), nose guard AJ Pataiali'i (Baltimore Ravens), linebacker Jake Doughty (Green Bay Packers) and cornerback Tay Glover-Wright (Atlanta Falcons) all signed free agent contracts.
DeMartino, a 5-11, 200-pounder from San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Carmel HS/Grossmont JC) earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors as a senior after ranking fifth in the league and 31st in the nation with 13 rushing touchdowns, and sixth in the league and 45th in the nation with an average of 87.2 rushing yards per game. DeMartino, who played in all 14 games with eight starts, finished his senior season by rushing for 100 yards seven times, including in five of his final seven games, and those seven 100-yard rushing games rank tied for fourth all-time at USU for a single-season.
DeMartino ended his senior season with 1,221 rushing yards on 221 carries (5.5 ypc) to rank 12th all-time at USU for a single-season in rushing yards. He also scored 13 rushing touchdowns on the year, which ranks tied for ninth at USU in a single-season, while his 5.5 yards per carry average ranks tied for ninth in a single-season.
Highlights from DeMartino's senior season include a career-high 144 rushing yards on just 12 carries at New Mexico (10/19) as he tied his career-high with three rushing touchdowns and was named an honorable mention national running back of the week by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA). He also earned CFPA honorable mention honors following his performance against Weber State (9/14) as he rushed for 105 yards on eight carries and scored three touchdowns.
DeMartino was also named the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as he carried the ball 23 times for 143 yards and one touchdown, including setting the Poinsettia Bowl record with a 58-yard rush in the first quarter in USU's 21-14 win against No. 24 Northern Illinois.
DeMartino finished his career 16th all-time in school history with 1,378 rushing yards on 250 carries (5.5 ypc), and also ranks eighth all-time in Aggie history with his career 5.5 yards per carry average. He also caught 15 passes for 139 yards (9.3 ypr) with one touchdown as an Aggie.
Utah State concluded the 2013 season with a 21-14 win against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to finish the year with a 9-5 record and tie the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history. With its win against Northern Illinois, Utah State posted back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in school history as it played in its third-straight bowl game, also a first at USU.
Utah State, who finished the 2013 season by winning six of its final seven games, also set the school record for conference wins as it posted a 7-1 league mark in its first season in the Mountain West to win the Mountain Division of the conference and advance to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.
Utah State ended the year ranking tied for 37th nationally in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls with two votes each, marking the second time in as many years that USU has concluded the season ranked among the top teams in the nation as the 2012 team was ranked 16th in the final AP poll, 17th in the final coaches' poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
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