Buena Vista University assistant football coach and former Beaver kicker Carlos Martinez was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to their practice squad on Thursday.
This is the fourth NFL team for Martinez, who spent three seasons with the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League and the 2006 season on the Buena Vista coaching staff.
Martinez was one of two kickers signed by the Cowboys this week to replace Mike Vanderjagt, who was released on Monday.
Martin Gramatica was signed to the active squad and is expected to be the team's starting kicker. This is the first time that Martinez will be on an NFL team during the regular season.
Dallas is 7-4 on the season and has won three straight games. The Cowboys have a one game lead in the NFC East.
Martinez, who also tried out for the Cowboys in July, finished third among AFL kickers last season with 141 points and set league records for extra points attempted (130) and converted (117). He spent part of the 2006 training camp with the Atlanta Falcons before being released and joining the Buena Vista coaching staff.
Martinez spent training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2003 but was released before the season began. He signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the end of the 2003 season but was released in March 2004.
At Buena Vista, Martinez kicked 48 field goals, the second most ever in Division III football. He connected on 48-75 attempts for his career, with his longest being from 52 yards as a sophomore.
He was a three-time all-conference selection and the MVP of the 2001 Aztec Bowl. Martinez missed just nine extra points in 115 attempts for the Beavers. He also holds the season field goal mark in the Iowa Conference with 17 (in 2000).
He set the NCAA Division III career field goal attempts with 75. During his career, Martinez twice helped the Beavers to victory by connecting on 5-5 field goal attempts in a single game.