Ohio State transfer Tate Martell fails to earn starting quarterback job at Miami

Joey Kaufman
Miami quarterback Tate Martell (18) will begin the season as a backup to redshirt freshman Jarren Williamns. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald via AP)

Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell was awarded immediate eligibility by the NCAA when he transferred to the University of Miami in January.

Martell, however, will begin the college football season on the sideline for the Hurricanes.

The team announced Monday that redshirt freshman Jarren Williams will start in their first game against Florida on Aug. 24, beating out Martell and redshirt sophomore N’Kosi Perry who had been part of the three-way quarterback competition since spring practice.

Williams appeared in one game last season for the Hurricanes when he completed one of three passes in the home opener against Savannah State.

In a news release, Miami coach Manny Diaz said Martell and Perry will continue to vie for the backup spot on the depth chart behind Williams.

“We feel like Jarren has the greatest upside due to his passing ability, his instincts and his determination,” Diaz said in a statement.

A redshirt sophomore, Martell left Ohio State in January after the Buckeyes brought in talented Georgia transfer Justin Fields. It was one of the first personnel decisions made by Ryan Day after he had been promoted to head coach.

Martell was a consensus blue-chip recruit from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas when he arrived at Ohio State in 2017 and ranked as the No. 2 overall dual-threat quarterback in his class by most recruiting services.

He played in six games last season as the backup behind Dwayne Haskins Jr., completing 23 of 28 passes. He also at times stepped in for certain red-zone packages.


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