Hinnen: Tate Martell Has "Urban Meyer Stamp Of Approval"

The former Ohio State quarterback has transferred to Miami, but will he be eligible to play in 2019?

Ferrall On The Bench
January 17, 2019 - 9:34 am

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After winning 10 games in 2017, Miami entered the 2018 season eyeing an ACC championship and a College Football Playoff berth. Instead, they lost their season-opener to LSU, 33-17, and stumbled to a 7-6 finish.

Quarterback play was a big reason why. Malik Rosier and N’Kosi Perry both completed just over 50 percent of their passes and threw for a combined 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

“It was infuriating,” CBS Sports college football insider Jerry Hinnen said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It was from the start of the season against LSU to the last snap. That team, you could feel the frustration rising from the sidelines when you watched Miami play this season. Manny Diaz, I think, has a good chance of getting that sort of under control.”

To that end, former 5-star quarterback Tate Martell has transferred from Ohio State to Miami. Martell completed 23-of-28 of his passes (82.1 percent) for 269 yards and one touchdown in limited action for the Buckeyes this past season. He also ran 22 times for 128 yards and two scores.

“Tate Martell, the biggest point in his favor is Urban Meyer recruited him to play quarterback at Ohio State,” Hinnen said. “We have not seen basically anybody who Urban Meyer recruited to go play quarterback for Ohio State who has not been an outstanding quarterback. Whether it’s been Dwayne Haskins, whether it’s been Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett – whoever has earned the starting job there at Ohio State – the quarterback play has been good. 

“Even Joe Burrow, who didn’t win the starting job and transferred out, was, frankly, excellent for LSU this past season,” Hinnen continued. “He didn’t blow anyone away statically, but he made so many clutch throws, so many big plays for LSU. I think Martell, having that Urban Meyer stamp of approval, was a very highly regarded recruit – the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in his class. I really think he’s going to give (Diaz) something he can build around.”

But will Diaz be able to build around Martell in 2019? Or must he wait for 2020?

“Martell is going to apply for the waiver to be eligible immediately, but his argument appears to be he transferred out because of the coaching change,” Hinnen said. “I don’t know if the NCAA is going to go for that. But the current expectation is that he may have to wait until 2020 to be fully eligible.”

Miami opens the season against Florida in Orlando on Aug. 31.