Could Joe Burrow Or Tate Martell Transfer To Michigan?

Could Joe Burrow Or Tate Martell Transfer To Michigan?

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Could Joe Burrow Or Tate Martell Transfer To Michigan?


Transfer rumors are circulating in Columbus with three talented quarterbacks and whether one or more might transfer if the starting job isn’t in the cards. What if Michigan ends up being the final destination for one of them?


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Could Joe Burrow Or Tate Martell Transfer To Michigan?

It’s the topic that just keeps on giving — the quarterback race at Ohio State. Between Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell, the Buckeyes have three guys capable of appearing on Heisman radars. I say that seriously and not in jest.

And while some would say that having three supremely talented quarterbacks to choose from is a good problem to have, it only is if more than one stays on campus.

And therein lies the Scarlet and Gray rub.

Delaying The Inevitable?

I don’t think there’s any foreseeable outcome where all three quarterbacks stay at Ohio State long-term. All three know they can start at another Power-Five school, and at least one (Joe Burrow) has already set himself up to be a graduate transfer and play somewhere immediately by loading up on classes.

There are three guys not afraid of competition on the roster, but all three that want and know they can play.

So what gives?

Someday hopefully soon, the coaching staff is supposed to meet and take inventory on where things stand, and maybe, just maybe there will be some answers so some decisions can be made.

One or more of those decisions will probably result in a transfer.

If we’re being honest with ourselves, the tea leaves seem to point to Dwayne Haskins being the guy. Whether that happens officially in the next few days or weeks, or whether it gets solidified closer to the season opener, who knows? But either way, I think it would be a bit of a shock if anyone but No. 7 was the guy.

That means the music is going to stop on the game of quarterback musical chairs, and more than likely Joe Burrow is gone. He has two years of eligibility left and would be jeopardizing his football future to stay put in Columbus.

Who could really blame him for looking out for his future?

And with Tate Martell — who seems to be the furthest from being ready of the three — it’s unlikely that he’ll be talked into sticking around just for promises of having situational packages put in for him. You don’t come out of high school as the Gatorade National High School Player of the Year and agree to part-time duty.

He’ll have to sit out a year by transferring, but if he doesn’t, it’ll be a two or three-year wait most likely to get a shot at being the guy in Columbus.

You get it by now right? One or more of the quarterbacks currently on the roster isn’t going to be on the roster when fall rolls around.

The History

So, now the big question is where do they end up? What if that place is a khaki-wearing, uncomfortable press-conference-holding place with a Maize and Blue hue?

Maybe it’s far-fetched, but maybe it’s not. After all, if there’s one thing that Michigan has been missing under Harbaugh, it’s been that illusive game-changer at the quarterback position. And yeah, the whole Shea Patterson thing is out there, but it’s no guarantee that he gets cleared via an exemption by the NCAA to not have to sit out a year for transferring from Ole Miss.

Even more, Harbaugh has shown a willingness already to tap into the transfer market within the conference. Remember Jake Rudock? He played — even started for Iowa — lost his No. 1 spot to C.J. Beathard and air-lifted out to Ann Arbor to start for Harbaugh.

Sound at least somewhat familiar?

Here’s all you need to know. Right now, the only real, viable and eligible solution the Wolverines have at the quarterback position is an unproven sophomore Brandon Peters.

Interception party machine Wilton Speight has transferred out of the program, Patterson is ineligible as it stands right now, and nobody else has any game experience.

And then there’s Tate Martell. He’s probably less likely to head north up Route 23 because his skill set isn’t a complete fit to the pro-style offense Harbaugh likes to utilize, but he’s still an athletically gifted guy, and maybe the coaching staff believes it’s time to shake things up a bit and go dual-threat.

He can’t play immediately, but would still have four years to wear a winged helmet and try to turn the tide of the rivalry.

The Motivation

Look, I get that this is pure speculation. The likelihood of either joining forces with Darth Vader seem to be long shots at best, but if either believes that’s the place that is the best fit for them, they’ll both listen right?

Especially if one would love to show a certain coaching staff to the south that it made the wrong decision, and came out to spoil the party by being the first quarterback in the history of The Game to transfer to the opposite school and pull out the ultimate revenge card.

Wouldn’t that add a new and unexpected twist to the multiple chapters already written in the greatest rivalry in sports?

 

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