COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell has entered the NCAA transfer portal, which means he can talk with other schools about possibly transferring.
This move comes after former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields transferred to Ohio State on Jan. 4 and Dwayne Haskins, last season’s starter for the Buckeyes, announced on Jan. 7 he will enter the NFL draft. It does not indicate Martell, OSU’s No. 2 quarterback in 2018, is definitely transferring.
Fields, a 5-star recruit, is petitioning the NCAA to become eligible immediately at OSU. Matthew Baldwin, a redshirt freshman, was the No. 3 quarterback last season.
At Rose Bowl media day, Martell said he was 100 percent confident he would be Ohio State’s starting quarterback in 2019 if Haskins left and that he would fight for the starting job in spring practice.
“Why would I leave for somebody who hasn’t put a single second into the program? I’ve put two years of working my ass off into something that I’ve been dreaming of my whole life,” he said.
“To just run from somebody that hasn’t put a single second into workouts or anything like that, there’s not a chance. My teammates know that I’m the type of person that is going to fight it out. That’s what I’ve always done and I have no problem doing it. I’ve been an underdog my whole life and I have no problem going out there and taking the job.”
Martell, a redshirt sophomore, was used mainly as a running threat close to the goal line this season. He completed 23 of 28 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown. If he were to transfer, Martell would probably have to sit out next season.
He was a 5-star recruit coming out of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, where he threw for 7,507 yards in his career.
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