Doug Martin Named Buccaneers' Starter

August 24, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (22) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Bucs have announced that Doug Martin will be the featured running back going forward.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have named their rookie running back Doug Martin the starter for the regular season.

Martin and Legarrette Blount were battling it out in the preseason to see who would get the bulk of the carries. It seems the second round pick out of Boise State has won out.

According to tampabay.com, head coach Greg Schiano says that while Blount isn't thrilled, he remains a team player.

"He’s disappointed, but he’s been great," Schiano said. "He’s about this team. He’s about winning. At the very beginning I sat them both down and told them what the deal was. They knew it. I think – when you watch the tape, and LeGarrette’s a smart guy – when he watches the tape, he sees that he got outperformed."

Martin knows that while he currently holds the No. 1 spot on the depth chart, things can change in a hurry if he doesn't continue to play at a high level.

"It doesn’t mean that that’s it," he said. "As I’ve told them, ‘It could go the other way if you outperform (Martin).’ We don’t hand out jobs and sign them over. It’s always competition around here, continually. I think Doug’s done a great job and that’s why he’s got the No. 1 seat. But he’s got to work to keep it."

For more on the Buccaneers, please be sure to check out our blog Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay along with our Football Hub and SBNation.com for all the latest news and updates.

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