Earlier in the week, the Miami Hurricanes named Jarren Williams as their starting quarterback. It was crushing news for Tate Martell, who transferred to the program from the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Martell is a superb athlete with years of eligibility remaining. While there has been some speculation about his future at Miami, it appears the former four-star recruit is going to help out his team every way he can.
Not only can Martell serve as a solid backup quarterback, but he could also be an offensive weapon.
According to reporter Manny Navarro, Martell was spotted playing wide receiver for the Hurricanes during practice.
This is an interesting development, and it’s not all that shocking when you consider his athleticism.
247Sports analyst Barton Simmons suggested a potential position change for Martell when the news broke about him losing the quarterback battle for the Hurricanes.
Have been told by a #UM source today was the first day Tate Martell experimented with playing wide receiver at Miami. Not sure if the move is permanent, but he gave it a try. @TheAthleticCFB @AriWasserman @TheAthleticMIA pic.twitter.com/UKG9RQnDQW
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) August 17, 2019
Even though Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes are only a week away from their season opener, they’re clearly not afraid to tinker with their offense.
We’ll find out pretty soon if Martell will be lining up as a receiver during actual games.
Miami faces Florida next Saturday at Camping World Stadium to kick off the 2019 college football season.