The Miami Hurricanes football team got the good news they have been hoping for when the NCAA ruled on Tuesday that quarterback Tate Martell will be eligible in 2019.
Tate Martell joined the Miami Hurricanes football program in January after transfering from Ohio State. Martell chose to leave Columbus after former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields joined the Buckeyes football program.
The battle to become the starting QB for the Miami Hurricanes will now be between Martell, Rising Redshirt Sophomore and part time 2018 starter N’Kosi Perry and Rising Redshirt Freshman Jarren Williams. Martell is the heavy favorite to lead the Hurricanes offense on to the field on August 24 in Orlando against the Florida Gators.
The approval of Martell’s waiver means he has three seasons of eligibility at Miami. Martell Redshirted as a Freshman at Ohio State in 2017. He was the backup to Dwayne Haskins as a Redshirt Freshman last season. Martell will also be eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Martell tweeted cryptically on Monday night that his eligibility was forth coming. His tweet was only the emoji of fingers being crossed. Martell received thousands of responses. Manny Diaz continued to use Twitter cryptically by sending out a tweet with a man on the street in a Hurricane before the news was announced officially.
The official Miami Athletic Department website Hurricane Sports issued an official release on Martell gaining eligibility for the 2019 season Tuesday afternoon. Miami Athletic Director Blake James discused Martell being granted the waiver of eligibility.
“We appreciate this ruling and appreciate the NCAA recognizing that this waiver met the criteria under the membership established guidelines.”
Manny Diaz has made it a priority to significantly upgrade the QB play from 2018. The Hurricanes finished 90th or below in FBS in nearly every passing category in 2018. Diaz fired the entire Miami offensive coaching staff less than 25 hours following being brought back from Temple 18 days after being hired as the Owls head coach.
Diaz brought in former Central Michigan head coach and Alabama QB coach Dan Enos as Miami’s new offensive coordinator. Enos’ prescence should help Martell and the Miami passing game to be far more productive in 2019.
The timing was near perfect for the Miami football program. The news of Martell’s immediate eligibility came on the first day of spring practice. Martell gives the Hurricanes three scholarship QBs this spring. Miami lost backup Cade Weldon who announced on Monday his intention to transfer. Incoming Freshman Peyton Matocha will arrive this summer.