When you play quarterback at the highest level of college football you have to accept that there will be fierce competitive every year.
Tate Martell apparently doesn’t accept that concept. Martell was a hotshot high school quarterback, leading Bishop Gorman High of Las Vegas to a 45-0 record. He committed to Washington. Then Texas A&M. Then signed with Ohio State.
As a backup for the Buckeye, he completed 23 of 28 passes for 269 yards. He also rushed 22 times for 128 yards. He was the heir apparently at quarterback until Justin Fields transferred from Georgia.
So, Martell was going to face a battle with Fields for the starting job. Or he could just take his case to social media. When word first leaked of Fields transferring, Martell went to Twitter to say “word of advice: don’t swing and miss … especially not your second time.”
The message didn’t scare off Fields. But apparently Martell is through competing in Columbus. He entered his name in the transfer portal and now hopes to land at a school where he doesn’t have to compete for the job.
Martell is talented enough to be a successful quarterback. But he needs to Tighten Up and compete instead of running from the challenge of a player who has no more experience and no better credentials than he has.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Tighten Up.