The Buckeyes admitted they thought about doing this.
Tate Martell did not see the field for Ohio State this season.
This wasn’t surprising, as the former top recruit is a true freshman with a couple of great quarterbacks ahead of him on the roster.
But the Buckeyes admitted this week that they “talked about” taking his redshirt off at one point this season when J.T. Barrett was dealing with an injury.
“We talked about it,” offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson told reporters at the Cotton Bowl. “Especially when we got down to the end with the situation we had with J.T.’s injury when we were playing the rival game. I think he would have wanted to play the one game if we needed him, but we’re like, ‘Hey, wait a minute now. That’s a whole year.’
“He would lose a year of eligibility if he plays in that game, and we didn’t have it ready, but it was always kind of in the back of our minds. We were fortunate enough to stay healthy and we didn’t need it.”
Martell spent time this season working with the first-team offense and he was constantly praised for his scout team work.
The Las Vegas product will be competing for the starting job in 2018 alongside Joe Burrow and Dwayne Haskins.