TAMPA, Fla. -- Forget the "Muscle Hamster" nickname. Doug Martin wants to be known as "Dougernaut."
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back made his preference known Wednesday morning, which marks the latest twist in his personal campaign against the "Muscle Hamster" label. He received the "Muscle Hamster" nickname during his time at Boise State, and since entering the NFL as the 31st overall pick in 2012, Martin has made known his displeasure with it on multiple occasions.
"Dougernaut?" he said. "Yeah, that's the nickname I'm going with."
The new nickname is fitting. Martin has become a juggernaut on the ground in the Bucs' 2-3 start, ranking ninth in the NFL with 405 yards rushing on 90 carries. He enters a Week 7 matchup against the Washington Redskins with two consecutive 100-yard games, after gaining 106 in a loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 4 and 123 in a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5.