Is It Time For Ohio State To Employ Former QB1 Phenom Tate Martell?

Could Tate Martell Make A Difference For Ohio State Moving Forward?

Is It Time For Ohio State To Employ Former QB1 Phenom Tate Martell?

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Is It Time For Ohio State To Employ Former QB1 Phenom Tate Martell?


Ohio State has struggled in short yardage and red zone situations and is searching for answers. What about Tate Martell, better known as QB1?


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The Ohio State Buckeyes have struggled heavily this season converting on short yardage situations and in the red zone, and this was never more evident than this past weekend against Purdue. What is the solution? Bring on QB1, better known to Buckeye fans as Tate Martell.

Martell is the only high school football player to ever win Gatorade National Player of the year, twice. There is a documentary about him on Netflix called QB1, which tracks his historic high school career for Bishop Gorman out of Las Vegas, in which he won four state championships.

But before we go further, let’s get this out of the way. Dwayne Haskins is an amazing quarterback, who still has a great chance of winning the Heisman trophy this year. His accuracy and arm strength cannot be matched within the Big Ten.

In no way am I saying Martell is better than Haskins at this point. Martell simply offers the speed and quickness that could open up the read option, and other short yardage plays that Urban Meyer and the Buckeye Offense excelled at with all-time great QB, J.T. Barrett — at least statistically speaking.

So bring on QB1. We just lost to an unranked Purdue squad, (badly) and our running game is currently non-existent at this point. Utilize Martell’s speed, agility, and athleticism, and look to improve upon an unacceptable thirty yards rushing against the Boilermakers.

The Buckeyes are still loaded with talent and still very much so alive in the national championship pursuit. They just need to sure up their run game, short yardage situations, and red zone inefficiency. Martell is most likely our missing piece. So let us see if he is what is missing, and get another chance to win another unlikely title like the heralded 2014 National Championship Team.

 

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