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Former Ohio State QB Tate Martell Hilariously Gets Beat Out by Freshman for Starting QB Job in Miami

CORONADO, CA - MAY 27:  Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson's 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
Steve Clarkson's 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat | Joe Scarnici/Getty Images

When Tate Martell transferred from Ohio State to Miami, his expectations were probably that he would end up landing the starting job at quarterback. After all, he didn't have to worry about competing with Justin Fields anymore.

Unfortunately for him, the Hurricanes had different ideas.

Martell lost out on the starting job to freshman gunslinger Jarren Williams and it's downright hilarious.

It's hard to think that a quarterback prospect such as Martell with so much promise is now sitting behind a freshman on the depth chart. Yet there it is, plain as day. Head coach Manny Diaz clearly doesn't think he has what it takes.

Add in the fact that Martell left Ohio State and was given immediate eligibility due to a 'hardship waiver', which included his coach being outed for keeping Zach Smith on the staff in Columbus for far too long, and this story takes another turn towards hilarity. Fair or not, Martell is the symbol for so-called college football free agency.

Martell produced an extremely small sample size while playing for the Buckeyes, but it's undeniably good. As a replacement, he completed 23 of his 28 passes for 269 yards and a touchdown. He also managed a 122 rushing yards on 22 attempts.

But it obviously wasn't enough to convince Diaz to give him the starting job.

If he had lost out on the job to an established quarterback, then it would have been understandable. However, the fact that he was surpassed by a true freshman is just too funny not to laugh at.

Martell might get a chance to prove his worth one day, but he'll be holding a clipboard to start the season.