3 Reasons Tate Martell Will Be The Starting QB For Ohio State

3 Reasons Tate Martell Will Be The Starting QB For Ohio State

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3 Reasons Tate Martell Will Be The Starting QB For Ohio State


 By far, the biggest storyline in the offseason for Ohio State is who’s going to take the reins and be the next starter under center. There’s three guys right in the mix, and here’s three reasons why it might be Tate Martell that gets the nod.


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3 Reasons Tate Martell Will Be The Starting QB For Ohio State

We’ve already outlined reasons for Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow being the starting quarterback at Ohio State, but there’s another guy quietly competing and waiting in the wings to try and steal the starting spot away.

And by the way, he appears to be making a move.

If you’ve been listening to or reading about the spring press conferences, the coaching staff is beginning to warm up to the former National Gatorade Offensive Player of the Year.

Here’s three reasons why Tate Martell could be the starter to lead the team onto the field on September 1.

Elite Athleticism

Not to take anything away from Joe Burrow or Dwayne Haskins because they clearly have elite skill sets, but the two aren’t quite as gifted as what Martell is. He was known for making electrifying plays at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. In fact, he was named the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year his senior season, and it apparently carried over to the scout team last year in Columbus.

How many times did we hear about Martell making a defender look foolish in practice?

All things being equal, if you can put a guy on the field that’s going to change defensive game plans and give the offense another option to get out of jail free, why not do it? The kid can make things happen inside and outside of the offense. It’ll be hard to keep him off the field.

The Future

It probably won’t be the main deciding factor, but Martell is just a redshirt freshman heading into this season. The other two have already burned some calories meaning they both have less time to develop. Haskins has three years left at most in the program, and Burrow just two. Martell has three, maybe four years to make an impression.

It’s entirely possible that one of the three competing for the starting spot don’t separate themselves and some dominoes start to fall. Burrow moves on to another program as a graduate transfer to play immediately somewhere, and then the coaches decide to go with Martell to set the program up for a longer period under center.

The Ability To Run The Ball

This might be the most important point. We all know that Urban Meyer’s woobie and warm glass of milk is a quarterback that can get yards on the ground. When all else fails and the offense needs to move the chains, he’ll curl up in a ball and call a Q-run to try and move the chains in the biggest of moments.

Tate is the best option if you’re looking for a guy with that skill set. He’s a combination of Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett in the fact that he can make people miss in space, yet duck down and get the tough yards in-between the tackles when needed — all on the ground.

He’s a better passer than a lot of folks would have you believe, but we all know the mileage you can get by being able to pull it down and run with Urban Meyer pulling the strings.

Don’t believe me? Look up Tebow and Barrett in the personal cell phone contact list on Meyer’s phone and get back to me.

 

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