PASADENA, Calif. — Ohio State backup quarterback Tate Martell addressed the media for the first time in months on Sunday at Rose Bowl Media Day and he had plenty to say about his future at Ohio State.
There have been plenty of rumors and even talk from Dwayne Haskins that Georgia quarterback Justin Fields could be transferring to Ohio State.
Martell is not at all concerned by those rumors and has full confidence that he will be Ohio State’s starting quarterback in the 2019 season with Dwayne Haskins likely headed off to the NFL after the Rose Bowl Game.
“I will. I am about 100 percent sure,” Martell said when asked who he thinks will be the starting quarterback next season.
Despite the Justin Fields rumors, Martell has no plans of transferring out of Ohio State.
“Why would I leave for somebody who hasn’t put a single second into this program yet?” said Martell. “I’ve put two years of working my ass off into something that I’ve been praying for and dreaming of my whole life. To just run from somebody that hasn’t put a single second into workouts or anything like that and doesn’t know what the program is all about, there’s not a chance. This has been my dream since I was young, to play for Ohio State. I am not just going to walk away from something that I put so much time into.”
On top of all that Martell had to say on the Fields rumors, there was also this little nugget as well:
Tate Martell has now been at Ohio State for two years after coming into the program as the Gatorade National Player Of The Year his senior year in high school. He expects to be playing more with those credentials, but he understands the talent level and the competition at Ohio State.
“There’s probably a ton of other schools I could play for right now. Just look at what Joe [Burrow] did,” Martell said, in reference to former Ohio State QB Joe Burrow having success at LSU this season. “Joe leaves, gets one summer with the team, and he is the starting quarterback at an SEC program. It just shows the talent we have in the program.”
Martell said that if he gets the starting job next season, the zone reads will most likely be reincorporated into the Ohio State offense in a big way. However, with the season that Dwayne Haskins just had for the Buckeyes, it could change the way the offense is going to operate in the future, which means more downfield throwing.
“There’s no doubt,” Martell responded when asked if he can make the downfield throws that Haskins has made this season. “I know I can make every single throw on the field and I’ve gotten so much better during the season. Having to compete with Dwayne has made me a better passer.”
The jury is still out on whether Martell will get the job or if Justin Fields will transfer in and get the starting job, but he has made it clear that he is not going down without a fight and will do everything in his power to be the starting quarterback for Ohio State in the 2019 season.
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