With blaring problems on third down and short yard situations, it begs the question of whether Tate Martell should get more playing time. With that being said, how much could we see him, if at all?
The future of Ohio State football is Tate Martell. Martell was a highly recruited player out of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, and with his combination of running ability and arm to air it out, you’ll be seeing more of him in 2019.
But what about this year?
His extra dimension to run the ball in addition to passing adds an extra tangible to Ohio State’s attack, and he may be just the answer Ohio State is looking for to cure some of what’s been ailing those dreaded red zone and short-yardage issues.
Look, Dwayne Haskins is unbelievable talent, but the weakness of this team has surprisingly risen up as an inability to blow people off the ball and get chunks of yardage on the ground — especially when things shrink down close to the end zone.
While Haskins has a good chance to be a high draft pick come April, it may be that he isn’t the answer in short yard situations in November and December. Here at Ohio State, he is competing for championships, and in order to do so, converting in the red zone is a must.
Maybe it’s time for a little QB1.
At the end of the day, it comes down to this. Ohio State can’t run the ball and covert in short yard situations, and it must be fixed in order for Ohio State to win games and have a shot at the College Football Playoff. The offensive line isn’t creating holes, so why not try a little shake and bake with Martell?
If Ohio State puts Martell in, it would allow for defenses to have to account for both the quarterback and the running back, much like it was when J.T. Barret was at Ohio State. While Barret was dogged on for his subpar passing abilities, it may be that Buckeye Nation needs a touch of J.T. to get things over the hump.
Haskins is still the guy to start, but imagine if Martell lined up under center for ten snaps a game? It would add a wrinkle that opposing defenses would have to prepare for, and might even open up things out in space a little more for J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber.
However Ohio State chooses to solve the problem of short yard situations, has to be done … like yesterday.