Tate Martell is perhaps the most famous 4th string quarterback in college football. He was the #2 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2017 and his career couldn’t be looking worse.
Tate has had a really interesting career, he was a Netflix superstar on their hit show QB 1 Behind the Lights which featured two other quarterbacks from his class, Jake Fromm RIP and Tayvon Bowers who recently transferred to an FCS program. But there was no question that Tate was the star on that show. He was cocky and confident and he won the mythical high school national championship. Tate looked destined to be the next star at Ohio State.
But God had a different plan. Tate red-shirted his freshman year as most quarterbacks do and played sparingly his sophomore year in special packages behind Dwayne Haskins. He actually put up solid stats and showed flashes of real potential. He looked destined to take over the starting role for 2019. Justin Fields disatisfied sitting behind Jake Fromm at Georgia felt otherwise.
Rather than try and compete for the starting job Tate transferred to the U. Tate actually played more snaps at wide receiver than quarterback. But when he did get his chance at QB he looked…..bad. His stats were even worse completing only 1 pass for 7 yards and 7 rushes for 7 yards. And something tells me his stats will be even worse this year.
Tate is the prime example of the shit show that is college football recruiting. He got his first offer at 14 from Texas A&M. He went to the #1 high school football program and was a top recruit. Now with Houston QB D’eriq King, Tate is now the 4th string quarterback. His best bet is to switch to wide receiver permanently and hope he can become a poor man Julian Edelman, but that doesn’t seem likely. One thing is for certain if he doesn’t turn his career around he is gonna be one of the biggest college football busts of this decade.