Should Tate Martell Transfer If He Isn't The Starter At Ohio State?

Should Tate Martell Transfer If He Isn't The Starter At Ohio State?

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Should Tate Martell Transfer If He Isn't The Starter At Ohio State?


With all of the talk about Joe Burrow leaving, some fans are asking whether Tate Martell should transfer if he doesn’t win the starting job. Buckeye Wire’s Terry Johnson explains why Martell should stay at OSU.


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Should Tate Martell Transfer If He Isn’t The Starter At Ohio State?

We’ve talked a lot about Joe Burrow’s potential transfer this week, including some possible destinations, as well as how it impacts the Buckeyes’ chances this fall.

This begs the question, what should Tate Martell do if he doesn’t earn the starting job?

Let’s be honest: that’s going to be the case. He’s clearly a step behind both Haskins and Burrow at this point. That’s not a knock on his play, as it is a testament to how well the aforementioned signal callers performed this spring. Considering that Meyer almost took the redshirt off of Martell last season, it’s safe to say that he has more than enough talent to guide a team to the national championship.

Given that he has all of the tools to be a starter at just about any other school in the country, should Martell leave Ohio State?

No, there are plenty of reasons that he should stay.

The first reason that I would recommend that Martell remain with the Buckeyes is that the team has a chance to win the national championship every season. There aren’t many schools in the country that can offer him that type of opportunity year in and year out.

As a competitor, I’d prefer to play for (and win) championships rather than posting individual numbers.

In addition to playing for a championship, Martell should stay at Ohio State because he will still have a role in the offense this fall. Yes, he’ll almost certainly open the season as the third quarterback (assuming Burrow sticks it out). However, his unique skill set will make it hard to keep on the sidelines for 60 minutes.

Whether it’s as a short-yardage situation or simply as a change pace option – much like Meyer did with Tim Tebow at Florida – Martell can give an already dangerous offense even more firepower at its disposal. Since he redshirted last year, there’s absolutely no reason to think that Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson won’t use him every week, even if it’s just for a handful of snaps in each game.

Even if – and it’s a Korey Stringer-sized if – Martell doesn’t see much playing time this year, it’s still in his best interest to stick with the program. While it’s never fun to sit on the sidelines, competing with Haskins (and potentially Burrow) will bring out the best in him.

Whether it’s next fall or even 2020, Martell will be ready to shine when it’s his turn to lead the team, especially after playing against Ohio State’s defense every day in practice.

Adding all of these factors together, it’s easy to see why remaining at Ohio State is a no-brainer for Tate Martell. Although some think he should leave to play right away, he certainly has a bright future ahead of him in a Buckeye uniform.

 

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