2014 CIS Football Player to Watch: Martin Pesek, Acadia Axemen

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Source: Eric Cederberg, Acadia SportsInfo

Name: Martin Pesek
University: Acadia University
Hometown: Toronto, ON
High school / Cegep: Northern Collegiate
Position: Defensive End
Academic program: Bachelor of CommunityDevelopment
Year of eligibility: Fourth
Height: 6-3
Weight: 250 lbs

Key stats 2013: 24 tackles, 15 assistedtackles, 9 quarterback sacks, one forced fumble

Last season was Martin’s breakout season.

While not selected asan AUS All-Star, Martin was second to teammate Jesse St. James inconference sacks with nine in eight games. This past winter, Martinwas drafted by the CFL’s Hamilton TigerCats in the seventhround.

Heading into this season, St. James and Pesek will both returnfor their senior years as the “book-ends” of a strong defensiveline and senior defense. Pesek became a regular starter last seasonand finished the season in fine form, padding his year-endstatistics with 24 tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 9 quarterbacksacks, one forced fumble

“Martin made huge strides in the last tw years on the field, butprobably made even bigger strides off the field. He really startedto understand what it takes to be a great player not just your”average Joe”, pointed out Head Coach Jeff Cummins. “In the weightroom he rededicated himself to becoming stronger and quicker. Hisdiet and general lifestyle changed, making him an elite defensiveend and football player. Martin always had the athleticism to be agreat player he just took a few years to realize it and make ithappen. “

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