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If subtle was what the Miami Hurricanes were going for this offseason, they’ve done a poor job. Then again, their program isn’t known for being subtle, so nevermind. New head coach Manny Diaz made a huge announcement yesterday by announcing that redshirt freshman Jarren Williams would be the starting quarterback against Florida.
This wasn’t a move anyone anticipated, and opens up a flood gate of questions going forward.
A surprise for the Miami Hurricanes
Entering the offseason, N’Kosi Perry figured to be the starter with Malik Rosier exhausting eligibility. Then, Tate Martell transferred in from Ohio State, giving the Canes a quarterback competition. No one expected Williams to be in the running, but that clearly wasn’t the case.
Williams has just three career passes to his name, so the job isn’t completely his. Martell and Perry still figure to push Williams for the starting spot. We’ve seen the last few years that it’s a wide open competition all year.
What’s next for Tate Martell?
Tate Martell’s journey to Miami is an interesting one, but it’s not over yet. It’s up to him to decide, but he should stay. There’s a reason Tate Martell was ranked just one spot behind Tua Tagovailoa as a high school quarterback. He’s a special player who can change a game with both his arm and legs.
Tate Martell has brought criticism upon himself with some of his actions. His comments about Justin Fields and subsequent transfer drew attention about his willingness to compete. It only makes sense that people question Tate Martell now. Part of wanting to be in the spotlight is dealing with the good and the bad. That doesn’t mean he’ll leave Miami, but it also doesn’t stop anyone from speculating his next transfer destination.
What schools would be good for Martell? If he transfers, probably most of them (minus Ohio State and Miami obviously). Some good destinations include UCLA, Arizona, UNLV, and West Virginia. He’s obviously learning the consequences of decisions he makes, and hopefully he can mature from this process.
Tate Martell’s Miami future
Honestly, Martell should stay in Miami. Let him get settled in at a new program and learn the system and the culture. Williams may have won the starting job now, but there’s no guarantee he keeps it. After all, Tate Martell and N’Kosi Perry were the two frontrunners for a long time. Whether you don’t like Martell or defend him, he’ll learn from this experience. We don’t know if his future is indeed uncertain, but hopefully he can find his way onto a college football field in the near future. Miami has a chance to compete in the ACC this year, and Martell could play a role even with this announcement.