Ex-Buckeye QB Tate Martell is shifting positions once again
Former Ohio State Buckeyes backup quarterback Tate Martell is back practicing at his natural position with the Miami Hurricanes.
Enrolling at Miami in January, Martell competed for the starting quarterback job over the summer but was beaten out by redshirt freshman Jarren Williams. After coming out on the short side of this competition, Martell made the switch to wide receiver.
That experiment appears to be over. David Lake with Inside the U shared comments from Manny Diaz on Martell’s shift back to QB:
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“Tate is working in our quarterback room,” head coach Manny Diaz said following Wednesday’s practice.
“He has the flexibility to go in there [at receiver] but he is spending his time primarily with the quarterbacks,” Diaz said.
Due to a “medical leave of absence,” Martell did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh for their victory over the Panthers on October 26.
“He is doing much better this week,” Diaz revealed.
“When he is around us, he has been really good and really positive. He is a really hard worker. He is doing a good job.”
A product of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Martell was the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Initially committing to Texas A&M, he decommitted and pledged to the Buckeyes in May 2016. Martell redshirted as a freshman and appeared in six games as Dwayne Haskins’ understudy a year ago.
Following sophomore Justin Fields’ arrival in Columbus, Martell chose to seek playing time elsewhere and entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. Yet to throw or catch a pass in 2019, he last appeared in a game on September 14 vs. Bethune-Cookman.
Tied for fifth place in the ACC Coastal at 2-3 in conference play, the Hurricanes are 4-4 overall. Needing two more wins to reach bowl eligibility, Miami will travel to Tallahassee to battle in-state rival Florida State (4-4) on Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC.