• #1 by jbcarol on 06 Apr 2018
  • Brent Zwerneman
    ‏ @BrentZwerneman

    Texas A&M OL Koda Martin nearly died from heat stroke, his dad says: … via @houstonchron

    A&M senior offensive lineman Koda Martin had a close call with death this week, according to his father, former Manvel coach and current Syracuse quarterbacks coach Kirk Martin.

    Koda Martin suffered a heat stroke on Monday during A&M's practice, and trainers recorded a body temperature of 106 degrees, according to his father.

    "They immediately got him into an ice tub to reduce his (temperature) and called the ambulance," Kirk Martin posted via Twitter late Thursday night. "They likely saved his life. His organs had begun to shut down."

    Kirk Martin added that his son was "severely dehydrated" and "spent a few days in ICU in kidney failure." Koda Martin was released from the hospital on Thursday after a catheter had been removed.

    "Praise God he will make a full recovery! God is good!" Kirk Martin wrote.

    A&M had not disclosed Koda Martin's situation this week, as spring drills continued at Coolidge practice fields. Koda Martin is a former Manvel High standout who started 11 games last season for the Aggies. The news of Koda Martin's heat stroke came too late on Thursday for a response from an A&M spokesman.

    Aggies are scheduled to scrimmage on Saturday at Kyle Field, and their annual spring game will be on April 14. Temperatures appeared to be in the low 80s on Monday evening around the time of the Aggies' practice.

    Koda Martin is married to former A&M volleyball player Jazzmin Babers, daughter of Syracuse coach Dino Babers.
  • #2 by jbcarol on 06 Apr 2018
  • Brent Zwerneman
    ‏ @BrentZwerneman
    3h3 hours ago

    Koda Martin's heat stroke at Texas A&M: 'I'm telling you, dad, I was dying': … via @HoustonChron

    Reports are that things have not been as tough at A&M since the Bear and the Junction Boys.

    No drinks.
  • #3 by jbcarol on 06 Apr 2018
  • Brent Zwerneman
    ‏ @BrentZwerneman
    Apr 3

    'Coach Fisher, he's tough, man ...': The change in football culture has started along the railroad tracks at Texas A&M: … via @HoustonChron

  • #4 by jbcarol on 07 Apr 2018
  • #5 by jbcarol on 08 Apr 2018
  • Jimbo Fisher provides update on Koda Martin following heat stroke

    The first year Texas A&M coach detailed that it wasn’t very hot at practice and that they had been monitoring Martin throughout. Fisher added that the stroke occurred after the team finished up practice.

    “He probably had his best practice of the year and it’s a shame that it happened. But our medical staff did a great job. He had a phenomenal practice and it wasn’t hot,” Fisher said.

    Martin’s father, Kirk, shared this about the Texas A&M player on Thursday night.

    “Thanks for the prayers! Koda is coming home! Monday he had a heat stroke at practice. The trainers took his temp. It was 106. They immediately got him into an ice tub to reduce his temp and called an ambulance. They likely saved his life. His organs had begun to shut down. His vitals weren’t good. Once in the ambulance he received a cold IV which helped reduce his temperature. He was severely dehydrated. He spent a few days in ICU in kidney failure. In 3 days it came back to normal as did all his other numbers. He was on a catheter for 2 days. Once his kidney function start to come back that was removed and they continued to monitor him. Praise God he will make a full recovery! God is good!”

    The Texas A&M left tackle played in all 13 games a season ago, primarily as the team’s left tackle. Fisher did add that he expects to have Martin back for his senior season. Martin, per the Houston Chroncile’s Brent Zwerneman, was back at practice on Saturday as a visitor.
  • #6 by jbcarol on 08 Apr 2018
  • Brent Zwerneman
    ‏ @BrentZwerneman

    Jimbo Fisher on Koda Martin’s heat stroke: ‘Those are things you always worry about as a coach’: … via @houstonchron

    A&M first-year coach Jimbo Fisher was as perplexed as anyone as to why senior offensive tackle Koda Martin suffered a heat stroke late in Monday's practice that put him in the hospital for a few days last week.

    "He was hydrated well, and it was not a hard practice and it was not a hot practice," Fisher said following Saturday's scrimmage at Kyle Field. "He actually probably had his best practice of the year, it's a shame that happened, and our staff and medical staff did a great job."

    Both Koda Martin and his father, former Manvel High coach Kirk Martin, said the same thing – that the A&M staff's rapid reaction perhaps saved his life. Kirk Martin said Koda's organs had started shutting down and he was in intensive care at a College Station hospital after suffering from kidney failure.

    "They took all the precautions necessary and didn't fail to identify it in any way," Koda posted on Twitter on Friday night of A&M's quick reactions to his troubles on the Coolidge practice fields. "It was just a freak accident, and I praise God for his healing hand in the midst of it all."

    Both Kirk Martin and Fisher pointed out Koda's propensity for heavy sweating, in trying to pinpoint exactly what went wrong Monday late in drills. Kirk Martin said Koda had taken part in about 40 consecutive plays and then ran seven gassers – from one sideline to the other and then back – just before he suffered the heat stroke.

    "He tries to win every sprint they have, and he just gives maximum effort," Kirk Martin said of his 315-pound son not knowing when to ease up. "His body just quit."

    Kirk Martin, now the Syracuse quarterbacks coach, added, "I don't think anybody did anything wrong."

    Fisher said "thank God" that Koda Martin already appears fully recovered – he attended Saturday's scrimmage – and that "those are things you always worry about as a coach."

    "You don't want anybody ever to get hurt on your watch," Fisher said. "(And) he's a great kid and a big part of our team."

    Kirk Martin said doctors have instructed Koda to relax for three weeks, and both Fisher and Kirk Martin said they expect Koda to play his senior season at A&M with no troubles moving forward. While Koda is done for the spring, the Aggies' annual spring game is 4 p.m. on April 14 at Kyle Field. Admission is free for the first time.
  • #7 by jbcarol on 21 Apr 2018