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Writer Says Urban Meyer "Has" To Play Tate Martell In 2018

Tate Martell at a practice.

With Joe Burrow transferring to LSU, Ohio State only has two scholarship quarterbacks on its roster - Dwayne Haskins and Tate Martell. One writer - James Grega of Eleven Warriors - thinks that Urban Meyer is going to have to play Martell this season so he doesn't risk losing him.

Haskins and Burrow were the two favorites to win the job, and clearly, Haskins was going to be the player getting the nod. Burrow's transfer helps Martell's cause - especially if Haskins gets hurt this season. But Grega thinks that Meyer is going to have to play Martell a bit regardless - to make sure Martell doesn't do the same thing that Burrow did.

He thinks the risk of losing Martell outweighs the risk that he gets hurt.

Because of Burrow's transfer however, Meyer is in that tough spot previously mentioned. With virtually no depth behind Martell, does he risk injury to Martell by playing him meaningful reps in 2018? Or should he shelf Martell, and save him in the event that Haskins would go down?

There is only one real answer here: Play him, or lose him.

Like any competitor, Martell wants to play. He came from one of the top high school programs in the country where he was a multi-year starter. Sitting the bench all of last season wasn't exactly easy for him a season ago. He expects to play in 2018, either as the starter, or in a specialist role.

To be clear, Grega isn't suggesting Martell should start. He's suggesting that Martell be given some kind of "wildcat" package at times during games.

If we've learned anything over the past few years, it's that Ohio State's depth at quarterback matters. It was only a few years ago that Cardale Jones, playing in place of J.T. Barrett, who was playing in place of Braxton Miller, led the Buckeyes to the national title.