Tate Martell backed up Heisman finalist Dwayne Haskins this year, anticipating that his chance would come in 2019 to be Ohio State's starter.
Martell is still counting on that happening, even if Georgia transfer Justin Fields comes to Columbus. Fields, a five-star recruit in the 2018 class, announced his decision to transfer earlier this month.
Today, Martell told reporters that he fully expects to be the team's starter in 2019.
Of course, Fields isn't picking his next destination with the intention of sitting out. If he wanted to play sparingly, he could have just stayed at Georgia for another year and backed up Jake Fromm.
However, it is clear that Martell is going to be formidable competition. He's a former star recruit himself and he's a strong fit for Ohio State's scheme.
Martell threw for 269 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Ohio State will finish its 2018 season in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday against Washington.