Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been pretty great today. The starter is 15-for-26 for 271 yards and three touchdowns, a few of which have been gorgeous throws.
And yet, in the red zone, Haskins hasn't always been handed the reigns of the Ohio State offense.
Urban Meyer has been known to design packages for other quarterbacks. It worked out pretty well for his national championship Florida Gators team that featured Chris Leak and a young Tim Tebow.
Meyer appears to be trying to recreate some of that magic with Tate Martell in the Tebow role. Martell is a tremendous athlete, but he isn't freshman year Tebow, and Haskins is probably a more gifted player than Leak.
Urban Meyer got criticized for his Tate Martell package earlier, and after Ohio State just settled for a field goal from the two, people are really piling on.
Ohio State took a 27-19 lead on the kick, but that is still just a one score game vs. a very good Michigan team.
Despite Martell getting a number of opportunities as the quarterback near the end zone, he has not attempted a throw, and has not this year since the September win over Tulane, and he has just one rushing yard.
If Ohio State wins, it will be a small part of the story about this game. It really feels like he should trust Haskins and his other playmakers near the end zone though.
In some games, there may be spots where Martell works. Against this stout Wolverines team though, it doesn't seem to be happening.