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Tate Martell Opens Up About Ohio State Pushing Him to Transfer

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - MAY 26: Tate Martell of Ohio State University poses for portraits at Steve Clarkson's 14th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 26, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
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Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell was put in a rather uncomfortable situation in January as he was practically forced to enter the transfer portal after fellow QB Justin Fields announced his intention to leave Georgia and join the Buckeyes. Eventually, Martell enrolled at the University of Miami.

The 21-year-old, who was booed off the field in the Canes' spring game in April but still has every chance to earn the starting role in Coral Gables, recently opened up about coming to terms with transferring from his "dream school" and coping with his early struggles for the Hurricanes.

"After being there for two years and not playing, I couldn't risk it anymore," he said ato ESPN's Andrea Adelson. "There's a point where you love your teammates, you love everything about the school and the people there, but you have to start thinking about yourself and not doing it because these are my teammates."

Speaking on the stress of playing for a program like the U, he said, "There's pressure on myself to go out there and play well and do what I have to do. At first, it was me feeling like I have to live to a certain expectation, but I have to do what I have to do on each play, and do it at my best."

It goes without saying that Martell has a ways to go before he wins over the hearts of the Canes' proud, demanding fan base, but this interview suggests that he has the right mindset to overcome his last few distressing months.