In a cryptic Tweet posted on Monday night Quarterback Tate Martell only posted the emoji with crossed fingers. It could mean a decision could be coming on his eligibility to play for the Miami football team in 2019.
The Tweet was an obvious, but cryptic reference to Tate Martell regarding his eligibility and if he will be able to play for the Miami Football team in 2019. Martell has been waiting for over two months after announcing he was transferring to Miami from Ohio State in January.
Martell will be the front runner to become the starter if he is granted a waiver to play this season. The Hurricanes learned on Monday that rising Redshirt Sophomore Cade Weldon is transferring. That leaves Miami with four scholarship QBs on the roster including Martell.
The Miami football team returns Rising Redshirt Sophomore and part-time 2018 starter N’Kosi Perry and Rising Redshirt Freshman Jarren Williams. The Hurricanes signed incoming Freshman Peyton Matocha in the Surge ‘19 Class. New Miami offensive coordinator Dan Enos is high on Matocha. Matocha is a likely redshirt candidate in 2019.
Martell received thousands of responses to his cryptic tweet. Most of the responses came from Miami fans. Surprisingly one came from an Ohio State fan said “let him play.”
The questionable decisions behind the NCAA’s inconsistency in granting waivers have many challenging why Ohio State QB Justin Fields who tranfered from Georgia quickly received a waiver and Martell is still waiting two months later.
Fields reportedly has hid behind an incident that has a Bulldogs baseball player use racial slurs against him. Fields claimed he was in a situation that was not conducive to him succeeding in Athens because of the incident. His sister contiuebs to attend Georgia and plays softball for the Bulldogs.
Martell is expected to use former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer’s retirement as a reason for his exit from Columbus and a reason he should get a waiver to play on the Miami football team immediately. New Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day is expected to utilize more traditional dropback QBs than signal callers who thrive in the spread option like Martell.
Enos will likely use a hybrid between what Meyer and Day prefer. Alabama QBs, Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa and former Crimson Tide backup Jalen Hurts thrived under Enos in 2018. Alabama and Tagovailoa set the FBS record for individual and team passer rating in a season last year.
Martell seems to be further along in his maturity than Perry and Williams who both served one game suspensions in 2018. If he’s eligible he will be extremely difficult for the Hurricanes incumbent QBs to beat out.