Although the college football playoff season may be over, the intrigue is not. Players decided whether or not to declare for the NFL draft, coaches leaving for different jobs, and players transferring.
That last part can have the most lasting effects. Famous examples of players leaving one school for another include Cam Newton, Baker Mayfield, Russell Wilson, Randy Moss, and Kyler Murray. Each went on to have monstorious success with their new teams, and, in turn, bolstered their football careers for the better.
Players like Jalen Hurts and Kelly Bryant were obvious candidates to jump ship after having their starting jobs stolen this season, but one man who wasn’t seen as a likely transfer was Tate Martell.
Martell was Dwayne Haskins backup this season at Ohio State and, by all accounts, was seen as the far and away favorite to take over the starting role once Haskins left. As a starter in high school, Martell went 45-0, won the Gatorade Player on the Year Award his senior season, and was featured in the Netflix docu-series QB1: Beyond the Lights. To say Martell was in the fast lane to success in the buckeyes uni would be a massive understatement. He had the hardware and the skill to prove that he was the next man up in Columbus.
Then Justin Fields showed up.
After leaving the University of Georgia, former number 1 recruit decided that Ohio State was his next stomping ground, despite the fact that Martell was clearly the starter for 2019. From the word go, Martell was defiant about Fields stepping into his starting role and the idea of transferring himself, saying
“There no reason I shouldn’t (stay). This dude hasn’t put a single second into Ohio State football. I don’t know why somebody would think that the grass is greener on the other side, but I guess he’s looking at it like a fantasy way, I guess.”
So, It seemed like Martell was staying, and that there might be a quarterback battle between the two former top recruits.
The Justin Fields pulled these shenanigans, and seemingly opening up a piece of real estate in Martell’s brain.
While that’s hilarious and undeniably “savage”, Martell can stand a little mind games. He’s still the number one guy, he just has to not suck in the spring games and the team is his.
Less than a week after #followgate went viral, Martell announced his intent to transfer from Ohio State.
What. A. Coward.
Martell went from the new great QB to lead the Buckeyes to leaving the school in less than a month. He got his job stolen from him by a guy who is most famous for a failed fake punt.
Martell is now basically a free agent is will be a highly coveted one, at that. The University of Miami and West Virginia have emerged as the two early favorites to land the cuckolded former Buckeye.
Martell will definitely be good wherever he ends up, but I, personally, will always remember him for being Wally Pipp’d by Justin Fields and being scared into leaving his own school.
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