What’s next for Miami quarterback Tate Martell after the former Ohio State QB lost the Hurricanes’ starting battle?
Martell, a top recruit coming out of high school, reportedly skipped practice after losing the starting job to Jarren Williams. There are now many speculating about a potential transfer.
247Sports analyst Barton Simmons thinks a position change could be on the table at some point for Martell.
Martell has been compared to some former college quarterbacks who became wide receivers at the next level.
“It’s just one of the many directions someone can go when they’re an undersized quarterback who is also really athletic,” Simmons told The College Football daily podcast. “(National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins) has seen Tate more than anybody. He was talking about how he’s seen Tate running around catching passes at quarterback camps. He’s got natural pass-catching ability. The ball skills are there. He is very athletic. He is sudden and has some twitch and body movement to his game. That short-area quickness was one of the best qualities he had. As a slot guy that could create space and get separation as a route runner, there’s a lot of those guys with success in all levels of football right now. I’m not saying that’s where he needs to go, but in the spectrum of options, you have to include that as one of them.”
A transfer to a smaller Group of 5 school could be an option, too.
“Maybe Martell stays the course at Miami, his number gets called, things click and there will be no turning back. Or maybe he’s off into the transfer portal once again, this time to swallow his pride for a Group of Five program that can cater more distinctly to his very specific skill set,” he wrote.
For now, though, Martell will remain at Miami.
The former Ohio State quarterback has yet to publicly comment on the quarterback battle, but perhaps we’ll get an update later this week.
Miami is set to open its season on Aug. 24 against Florida.