What Does The Joe Burrow Transfer Mean For Tate Martell At Ohio State?

What Does The Joe Burrow Transfer Mean For Tate Martell At Ohio State?

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What Does The Joe Burrow Transfer Mean For Tate Martell At Ohio State?


 We now know that Joe Burrow will be playing somewhere besides Columbus next year. But forget Dwayne Haskins, what does his transfer from the program mean for Tate Martell?


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What Does The Joe Burrow Transfer Mean For Tate Martell?

So yeah, this Ohio State quarterback race might feel a little less drama filled now that Joe Burrow has decided to explore other options and play on another campus via the grad transfer route. But there’s still some questions that need to be answered, and one of those revolves around the third quarterback in the Scarlet and Gray arms race prior to the big news, Tate Martell.

One Thing We Know

Urban Meyer went on record this week to confirm that Dwayne Haskins would get the first crack at being the starter between the two, but the coaching staff has continued to throw Martell’s name in the mix when it comes to playing time.

So, with one challenger out-of-the-way, what kind of shot does the former Gatorade Player of the Year have at seeing some significance playing time this fall?

Let’s digress shall we?

Let’s get one thing straight first. If it’s not obvious by now, it should be. Dwayne Haskins was always ahead in this whole three-horse race. That’s why Burrow is on the move, and that’s why Martell’s name seems to come up at the tail-end of the discussions when talking about the quarterback options.

That’s not to say that the kid isn’t talented. He’s clearly got a skill set that’s awfully hard to find. He can make defenders look like a flailing, desperate bird out of the nest for the first time in the open field, and that’s a talent that Urban Meyer cuddles up with a warm glass of milk to.

Still though, barring a very unfortunate injury or act of nature, Haskins will be the starter in the fall. Bank it. Mark it down and put a double gold star on it.

Talent Finds A Way

But Martell does figure to push him in practice and will most likely have some packages inserted into the playbook for special situations. Third down? Oh yes. Break out the Wildcat package. Red Zone? You betcha. If you liked J.T. Barrett on the QB keeper in short yardage situations, wait until you get a load of QB runs with Martell pulling the trigger.

And don’t be surprised when Martell gets on the field at the same time as Haskins. Meyer already has one of the best running back tandems in the nation to call on. Inserting the dynamic playmaking of Martell in that equation could add another wrinkle. Or two. Or three.

But how much he’s used remains to be seen. There are so many weapons on offense — including the top six pass-catchers on the depth chart from last year returning — there might be too many options to focus too much on gimmicky stuff.

But you can’t keep this kid off the field and on the bench when he can be a game changer, even if just for a few plays. He has the potential to take it the distance, break some ankles and have defenders grasping at air and shaking their heads.

Martell’s going to play folks. Just you wait and see. And when he does, get your DVRs ready.

 

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