Tate Martell announces return to Miami football team

ORLANDO, FL - AUGUST 24:(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - AUGUST 24:(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Backup quarterback Tate Martell announced his return to the Miami football team stating on Twitter on Tuesday that the work doesn’t stop.

Third-team quarterback Tate Martell announced his return to the Miami football team via Twitter following a one-game suspension for the season opener against UAB last Thursday. Martell captioned“the work doesn’t stop.” above two pictures in a Miami football sleeveless shirt holding the football and then throwing a pass.

The reason for the suspension Martell received is the season opener was not disclosed publically. First-team QB D’Eriq King received most of the snaps with second-team QB N’Kosi Perry completing two of three passes in the fourth quarter. Martell has had a complicated collegiate career.

After spending two seasons backing up Dwayne Haskins at Ohio State, Martell transferred to Miami when the Buckeyes added former Georgia QB Justin Fields. Martell lost out on the starting job in 2019 to Jarren Williams in a three-way competition that included Perry. Martell briefly played wide receiver last season.

The WR experiment was short-lived in the season opener against Florida. Martell played in five games in 2019. Martell recorded stats in three of those games. In 2019 Martell carried seven times for seven yards against Florida, Bethune-Cookman and Louisiana Tech. Martell completed his only pass attempt against the Bulldogs.

If Martell is going to have a future in college football and beyond a position switch is likely in his best interests. King is a graduate transfer from Houston who has the option of returning for the 2021 season. All fall 2020 college athletes were granted an extra year of eligibility this summer by the NCAA.

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With an inexperienced WR corps, Martell would be well advised for a position switch. Miami has a young group of WRs behind starters, senior Mike Harley and juniors Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins. Martell’s athletic ability would be perfectly suited as a slot receiver. Martell’s skill set is reminiscent of NE Patriots WR Julian Edelman.