When Miami quarterback Tate Martell reportedly skipped Monday’s practice session hours after he wasn’t named the team’s starter, it raised plenty of eyebrows.
Martell has already transferred once before, so it was fair to wonder if he was planning to do so again. However, subsequent reports said Martell did attend a post-practice team meeting and was expected back at practice today.
This afternoon, Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald tweeted that she spoke with Miami safety Bubba Bolden, who played high school ball with Martell.
Bolden is sure that the former four-star recruit isn’t going anywhere.
S Bubba Bolden told me today in a 1-on-1 interview that Tate Martell is not going anywhere and will stay at UM. Bubba played with Tate at Bishop Gorman and has talked with him since QB decision. We didn’t have access to Tate or N’Kosi Perry.
— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) August 13, 2019
Martell and Bolden are very close. In fact, shortly after Bolden transferred to Miami this offseason, he began actively recruiting Martell on Twitter.
If anyone on the team would know what Martell’s thought process was and what he was planning, it would probably be Bolden.
In our estimation, Martell sticking it out might not be a bad idea. Manny Diaz may have picked Jarren Williams to start, and may be saying he wants to stick with one guy, but that’s easy to say before games have started.
If Martell holds off N’Kosi Perry for the backup job, he’s one play away from replacing Williams. It wouldn’t surprise us to see Diaz use at least two QBs this season either.