Jarren Williams will start for Miami in the season opener against Florida, meaning he won the quarterback competition against Tate Martell, the high-profile transfer from Ohio State. An elite recruit, Martell has been running his mouth since high school and in the spotlight ever since QB1 found its way to Netflix.
He’s brash, extremely talented, and now 0-for-2 in his quest to earn a starting spot. Since emerging as the No. 2-ranked dual threat quarterback in the 2017 class, Martell has seen extremely limited action; he threw all of 28 passes last year while getting some run in goal-line situations.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. It made sense that he couldn’t beat out Dwayne Haskins. Losing to Williams, who played a single game last season, is jarring. Martell got an unexpected immediate transfer waiver from the NCAA. Some argued he didn’t deserve it.
Considering the bed he’s made for himself, it’s not surprising to see that he’s taking a beating on social media. America loves a good bout of Schadenfreude. Martell is one of the top trending topics and his mentions are a dumpster fire. Any upright and lucid consumer of the news cycle in 2019 shouldn’t be surprised.
This may be the softness speaking, but: that sucks.