First, we find out who was named the starting quarterback, then two players who would have seen significant playing time (CB Nigel Bethel, Jr. is the latest) decide to enter the transfer portal. What’s next, Tate Martell moving to wide receiver?
When the Canes’ announced Jarren Williams as the starting quarterback on Monday, the first thought for a lot of fans wasn’t to say congratulations to Williams on winning the battle. It was, “so what does Tate do now?” On the College Football Daily podcast, 247 Director of Scouting Barton Simmons said Martell should give take a shot at wide receiver.
It seems as though the idea may have been on Martell’s mind as well.
The New Wide-Out in Town
W.G. Ramirez, a Las Vegas-based sports writer sent out a tweet on Thursday that said Martell “former Gorman QB and three-time national HS champion Tate Martell is expected to try his hand at wide receiver.”
NOT confirmed, but per a source close to the situation, former Gorman QB and three-time national HS champion Tate Martell is expected to try his hand at wide receiver for the Miami Hurricanes.
— W.G. Ramirez (@WillieGRamirez) August 15, 2019
Nothing was confirmed at that point until yesterday evening when The Athletic columnist and Miami Hurricanes beat writer Manny Navarro sent out a tweet that said: “Have been told by a #UM source today was the first day Tate Martell experimented with playing wide receiver at Miami.” Thursday’s practice was completely closed to media by Miami.
Have been told by a #UM source today was the first day Tate Martell experimented with playing wide receiver at Miami. Not sure if the move is permanent, but he gave it a try. @TheAthleticCFB @AriWasserman @TheAthleticMIA pic.twitter.com/UKG9RQnDQW
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) August 17, 2019
Minutes after the Navarro tweet, Miami Herald columnist Barry Jackson tweeted this, “Martell taking WR snaps in tonight’s scrimmage, am told.” The Canes’ held a scrimmage last night at Hard Rock Stadium (pray for no injuries).
Martell taking WR snaps in tonight's scrimmage, am told https://t.co/zQuMi2Okjr
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 17, 2019
None of us know yet if the move is permanent or if it is just an experiment, but this could be a great move.
He Looks the Part
Martell has posted some pretty fast 20-yard shuttle times in the past and is very athletic. He has even been seen in the past running routes and catching passes from other quarterbacks.
I can see Coach Enos drawing up some special packages with Martell playing both quarterback and wide receiver.
It’s almost like Ryan Tannehill is back again. But not really.
Although, guys seem to have a bit more success switching from quarterback to receiver. Some notable names: Julian Edelman, Antwaan Randle-El, and more recently guys like Josh Cribbs and Terrelle Pryor. Could Tate Martell be next?
In just 7 days on August 24th, Miami opens up its season against the Florida Gators at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. It’s showtime!
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