Well, it looks like Tate Martell may not stick around to fight for the starting role at Ohio State after all. With Justin Fields transferring to the program, Martell may be looking for the exit door rather than spending another season as the team's backup.
Martell has officially entered the transfer portal and will start exploring options to get him out of Columbus and into a starting role with a different university.
Can confirm that Tate Martell is now in the NCAA transfer portal. He’ll begin to explore options outside of Ohio State — believe Miami and West Virginia are two schools that are worth watching.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) January 10, 2019
Martell spent the 2018 season as Dwayne Haskins' backup. The latter has declared for the NFL but rather than handing the offense over to Martell, the Buckeyes opted to recruit former 5-star prospect Justin Fields as he has transferred from the University of Georgia.
Initially, Martell seemed confident about his ability to lock up the starting role but it seems that confidence has faded in recent days and he will now look to join a new team. Some early suitors for Martell include Miami and West Virginia.
Martell appeared in six games for the Buckeyes this season, completing 23-28 pass attempts for 269 yards and a touchdown. He rushed the ball 22 times for 128 yards and a pair of touchdowns as well.
If Fields is declared eligible for the Buckeyes for the 2019 season it is widely expected that he will take over the starting role. This is a battle which not many believe Martell would win and even Tate himself doesn't seem overly confident in his ability to beat out the former No. 1 prospect.