Ohio State's starting quarterback, J.T. Barrett, is back in Columbus for his fifth and final season in 2017.
His backup Joe Burrow, a former four-star recruit, is still on the roster, too. As is redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins, who coaches and teammates raved about during preparations to play Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
That's a crowded quarterback room full of talented players, but five-star Ohio State early enrollee Tate Martell doesn't seem to care.
Oh, and Martell is short for a quarterback. He doesn't care about his height, either (more on that later).
The expectation is that Barrett will start in 2017 – which will happen barring any unforeseen circumstances – before Burrow, Haskins, Martell and, potentially, 2018 commit Emory Jones compete for the job the following year. Martell, though, said he plans on fighting for a spot right away.
"I'm not thinking about 12 months, I'm thinking about right now," Martell said Feb. 1. "I want to play. I know I'm just going to go out there and do everything I can and if I don't play I know that's on me and I know that Coach (Urban) Meyer is going to play the best guy and if I go prove that, I mean, that's not my decision to make or anything. But I'm thinking about right now, I'm not thinking about 12 months."
Perhaps the biggest knock Martell, who was nicknamed "Chuck" but strength coach Mickey Marotti (Barrett started the tradition of nicknaming Ohio State's quarterbacks a couple years ago), is his small stature. At 5-10, 203, he is shorter than the prototypical quarterback, but that didn't limit him in high school.
Martell said he's not worried about his size, and he expects his playmaking ability to make up for what he lacks in stature.
"I mean I have no problem sitting back there, throwing the ball," he said. At least I have no issue when I’m throwing the ball, it’s not like I miss people or anything. I see perfectly fine when I’m back there.
"I don't really care anymore, I'm just going to be honest with you. At this point I'm here at Ohio State and that's my job is to come here and compete and do my job and that's pretty much it."
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