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Tate Martell: Ohio State quarterback enters name in transfer database

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Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell has entered his name into the transfer portal. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Tate Martell: Ohio State quarterback enters name in transfer database

COLUMBUS — Ohio State added one touted former recruit at quarterback, but that may lead to the exit of another.

After vowing to stick around and fight for a job as the starter, Tate Martell has entered his name into the NCAA transfer database and is now free to be contacted by any school around the country. Multiple sources with direct knowledge and access to the database confirmed the news to Lettermen Row on Thursday.

By no means does this ensure that Martell will be leaving the Buckeyes. But this is the first step toward a potential departure as it opens up the redshirt freshman’s options to every school in the country — just as it did Justin Fields last month when he started the process that ultimately led to his decision to enroll at Ohio State.

The entry of Martell’s name does, though, represent a dramatic turnaround from his comments about embracing a quarterback competition with Fields and Matthew Baldwin just days before the Rose Bowl.

“Why would I leave for someone who hasn’t put a single second into this program yet?” Martell said. “I’ve put two years of working my ass off for something that I’ve been waiting for and dreaming of having my whole life. There’s no doubt, I know I wasn’t ready my freshman year, but two years of waiting around and having to compete with guys like Dwayne Haskins, Joe Burrow and J.T. Barrett, I know that I’m an elite quarterback. When I get my chance I will run the offense at a very high level.

“I think [the transfer rumors] because everybody has seen what I accomplished in high school and figured that I would want to get on the field, which I do. There’s no doubt I want to get on the field. But all that stuff is in the past. I want to play for Ohio State. It’s been my dream since I was born to play for Ohio State, and I’m not just going to walk away from something that I’ve put so much time into and there’s not a chance that I won’t go out there and compete and fight for my job.”

Lettermen Row will have more on this situation as it develops.

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David
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David

Shows a lot about his character…all talk

Kid Buckeye
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Kid Buckeye

We don’t need a drama diva on the team. Bad for the chemistry of the team. Day needs to let him know , he is either a team player or GTFO.
You are either the problem or the answer.

710
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710

Agreed. We went from Cardale/JT who were like brothers, to Dwayne and Joe who were consummate teammates and good friends, to Tathan.

How he handled this whole ordeal should be a shining of example of what not to do.

1. Publicly criticize potential new teammate

2. Pound chest about why job is yours.

3. Transfer.

Bristol24
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Bristol24

I wish he was staying. Tate is good.

However, I don’t think it would end well for anyone in the QB room or for OSU. Good luck to Tate!

UCLA?

Brunstar
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After he ran his mouth the last couple of weeks I’m not upset about this.

On a side note Fields went on Instagram a liked a bunch of Tate’s sister Rylee Martell’s pictures. Hilarious.

710
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I don’t want someone who is afraid of competition.

Good luck Tathan!

Ace
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Ace

I don’t mind QB controversies. It likely means several players and can compete and lead the team to wins.

Jamie P
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Jamie P

If he’s not even going to fight for the starting position then he isn’t the caliber of player our TEAM needs at The Ohio State.

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Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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