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.
QB1.— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 12, 2019
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.
More hardship for Tate Martell, the guy who has gone through real hardship. https://t.co/cqAMRJREHb— 12up (@12upSport) August 12, 2019
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.