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BuckIQ: Tate Martell package expanding options for Ohio State attack

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BuckIQ: Tate Martell package expanding options for Ohio State attack

COLUMBUS — After months of deliberation, debate and even a little doubt, Ohio State finally unveiled a Tate Martell package.

And it worked.

Perhaps it’s not a finished product yet with the redshirt freshman quarterback coming off the bench in certain situations in place of Dwayne Haskins, most notably in the red zone where the Buckeyes have struggled to find a consistent answer. One of Martell’s appearances ended with Ohio State punching in a touchdown, which was a bright spot. Another was short-circuited by a penalty and another produced a fumble, although neither the flag nor the snap are necessarily his fault.

But even if it might have wound up being something of a mixed bag in terms of production, the potential with Martell having a piece of the game plan at least showed clear potential.

“I do [think that role could expand], because first of all, I think he gives you a good player,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “I give him a five on the competitor scale. He’s an elite competitor. He’s worked his you know what off.

“I do see that. He does it out here [on the practice field].”

Now Martell is taking his dual-threat athleticism and getting a chance to showcase it on the game field. And odds are he will have more opportunities waiting for him on Saturday against Maryland as the Buckeyes keep trying to build momentum down the stretch and gear up the offense for the huge test in The Game to close out the regular season.

In his latest visit to the Lettermen Row film lab for BuckIQ, former Ohio State captain Zach Boren again looked at the red-zone offense with a specific emphasis on what Martell is bringing to the Buckeyes, how that impacts a defense and what else can be built off that package of plays.

Roll the tape!

Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward contributed the editorial content for this post.

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I would like to see Haskins, Martell, Weber and Dobbins on field at same time vs Michigan and beyond! Who can figure that out??? One wide receiver. One H back five front line.
Make it happen!
Call it RUSH MAN Offense!

yourbuck
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yourbuck

Awesome clip. I hope Tate gets in about 15 plays a game. Makes a big difference.

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Colortv1967

Why has it taken so long to get a package on the field?

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I can’t believe how bad Haskins looks if he gets just little bit of pressure in the pocket ….He just crumbles.

Brian
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Excellent point made here, that this expands the packages. I totally agree and can see if Martell is in there against Michigan, they think run and have to defend that, which opens up the pass. And that will truly stretch Michigan Nd give us that secret weapon we will need to beat them! This kid can pass remember that, 10 for 10 in one game? So this is going to be very exciting and gives Michigan and Don Brown something more to think about, and something he simply cannot defend with Haskins at the helm. This will be fun and… Read more »

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Martell brings energy, leadership, and excitement Haskins lacks. Haskins is one-dimensional. If his short passes are off, we’re screwed.

Zach Boren

Zach Boren was a 2012 captain and member of the 12-0 team. Winner of the Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award and an ESPN/Kirk Herbstreit "Herbie". Zach remains in the Columbus area and heads the development of Boren Brothers.

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