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Urban Meyer Raves About Freshman QB Tate Martell

Urban Meyer rallying his team up before a game.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 12: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes rallies his team during the pregame warmups before taking on Hawaii at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Urban Meyer recently did an all-encompassing interview with 10TV's Dom Tiberi. The interview features some good tidbits about the upcoming quarterback competition.

The race to replace J.T. Barrett at Ohio State should be a great one. It'll include three very capable quarterbacks.

Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and Tate Martell will all battle it out for the starting job. The race is open.

Meyer raved about Martell in the interview with 10TV. Check it out:

"This time last year he was a fish out of water trying to figure it out. He has grown as much as any player I can remember as far as maturity, as far as buying into our culture," Meyer said.

Haskins, the 2017 backup, is probably the favorite to win the job. And Burrow, the 2016 backup, definitely shouldn't be counted out.

Martell is the wildcard. He was a top recruit coming out of high school in 2017 and possesses a ton of ability.

Meyer said the race is "wide open."

"It's already started. We grade everything. We have a staff meeting today and a big part of that is the No. 1 characteristic of a great quarterback is not hesitation, speed or vertical jump ... it's the competitive spirit of that person. Don't lose. What made J.T. a great player, Tim Tebow, Alex Smith a great player, Braxton Miller .. was the fact that they don't lose. You put Braxton in a situation and tell him to win or lose, he's usually going to win that competitive opportunity," Meyer said.

You can watch the full interview here.