The Miami Hurricanes received a small sigh of relief earlier today. The NCAA has granted Ohio State transfer Tate Martell immediate eligibility after approving a waiver request filed by Martell earlier this year. The Hurricanes are looking for stability at quarterback this season with the departure of Malik Rosier. N’Kosi Perry seen significant playing time, but there were concerns around him taking Miami back to the next level. Jarren Williams will also get a look. With some uncertainties at the position, have Martell eligible has several benefits. Miami athletic director Blake James issued this statement on the ruling.
“We are pleased with this ruling and appreciate the NCAA recognizing that this waiver met the criteria under the membership established guidelines. We would like to thank the NCAA, as well as Ohio State University, for their assistance and support throughout the waiver process. We look forward to seeing Tate compete for the Hurricanes this season.”
Depth is the main benefit that Martell brings to the Hurricanes. He has the potential to break down defenses both through the air and on the ground. While he doesn’t have a lot of experience, Martell did complete 82 percent of his passes last year in six games for the Buckeyes. His best performance came against Rutgers last year, going 10-for10, 121 yards, and a touchdown. He added a rushing touchdown and 95 yards on the ground in the 52-3 routing. If he can maintain his accuracy, Miami could have a complete quarterback on their hands. Martell was the second quarterback to leave the Buckeyes after Justin Fields transferred to Georgia. Fields was also granted a waiver to play immediately.