Miami quarterback Tate Martell missed his team's game against FIU last week, and he won't be traveling to the Hurricanes' contest against Duke this week either. Friday night, Martell addressed his leave of absence on Instagram.
Martell, who transferred to Miami from Ohio State this past offseason, said he's been away from the team due to "personal reasons." He says he'll eventually reveal what they are - but for now, he doesn't feel the time is right.
The Miami sophomore revealed that he is not transferring - as many had speculated.
Martell's note appeared as an Instagram story. We've transcribed it below:
"For those asking:
I'm not transferring from the University of Miami. My leave of absence is due (to) person(al) reasons.
At this time, I don't think it's appropriate for me to discuss these reasons.
There might be a time, down the road, when I believe it is appropriate to talk about this publicly.
For the time being, I need some time to focus on these issues.
I wish my boys nothing but the best tomorrow against Duke. #gocanes."
Martell was Ohio State's backup quarterback last year, and transferred to Miami after Justin Fields announced he was transferring from Georgia to play for the Buckeyes. Many expected Martell to win the job, but he wound up third-string after camp.
Miami comes into the Duke game with a 6-5 record. They can assure themselves of a winning season with a victory.