Martell Pettaway

#32 Martell Pettaway

RB | So. | 5-9 | 208 | Detroit, Mich. | Martin Luther King

2016 (Fr.)

  • Played in three games
  • WVU Scout Team Champion: Kansas
  • Was going to redshirt until injuries forced him into action at Iowa State
  • WVU’s fifth-leading rusher with 260 yards on 49 carries and a touchdown
  • Long run of 23 yards
  • Finished with three carries for 16 yards with a long run of 13 yards against Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl
  • Recorded 63 yards on 16 carries against Baylor, averaging 3.9 yards per run
  • Ran for 181 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown in his collegiate debut
  • Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (Iowa State)

High School

  • Played his senior season for Coach Dale Harvell at Martin Luther King High in Detroit
  • Played in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Game
  • Led team to a 14-0 record and the state championship
  • Team captured a 40-38 championship victory over Lowell on a last second Hail Mary pass
  • Rushed for 1,629 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior
  • Career saw him average more than 150 yards rushing per game
  • Before transferring to MLK, played sophomore and junior seasons at St. Clair Shores South Lake High
  • Rushed for more than 1,300 yards as a junior with 15 touchdowns, averaging 8.6 yards per carry with a long run of 80 yards
  • As a sophomore, rushed for more than 1,400 yards with 14 scores and a long run of 96 yards
  • Three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports
  • Ranked No. 8 best prospect in the state, No. 30 in the region and No. 19 overall at his position by ESPN
  • 247Sports ranks him No. 26 overall at running back and No. 14 best prospect in Michigan
  • Rivals rank is No. 17 nationally at position and No. 12 overall best prospect in the state
  • No. 1 running back in Michigan, No. 11 running back in the Midwest Region and No. 46 running back nationally according to Scout
  • PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking


  • Birthday is December 15
  • Son of Mark and Theresa Pettaway
  • Majoring in multidisciplinary studies
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Pettaway Named Newcomer of the Week

By Joni Lehmann | November 28, 2016

Martell Pettaway has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after his performance at Iowa State last Saturday.

Depth Chart Comes Through on Saturday

By John Antonik | November 27, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - You can chalk up Saturday’s surprisingly easy 49-19 victory over fired-up Iowa State to West Virginia’s depth chart. The Mountaineers’ ninth victory of the season - and sixth in Big 12 play - was simply a matter of having some unknown guys step up and perform.

Football Names Award Winners for the Kansas Game

By Mike Montoro | November 06, 2016

The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers 48-21 win over Kansas at Milan Puskar Center on Saturday, Nov. 5.