Ohio State football: 4 impacts Justin Fields’ transfer has on Buckeyes

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The Tate Battle

Many around Buckeye nation love Tate Martell‘s competitive edge, as they should, but there are questions as to whether Martell can make enough throws to put Ohio State back into the College Football Playoff picture.

With that said, the Bishop Gorman product (Las Vegas), who never lost a high school game, will head into Spring Football in a competition with Justin Fields.

And don’t count Martell out, because the kid’s no chicken nugget. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2017, and it was a big deal when news broke that Urban Meyer and Ohio State landed him.

He enrolled early, meaning he’s entering his third offseason as a member of the Buckeyes. One would assume this would give him an advantage, having operated Day’s system for a longer time.

The Buckeyes would still be CFP contenders with Martell in the picture, although you wonder what it would be like with Fields just constantly looming over his shoulder.

If Fields is deemed eligible, that could happen next season. If he has to sit out a year, the same scenario would be likely for 2020.

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Martell’s words, in which he responded on social media to Fields’ possible transfer about the former Bulldog never putting one second into the Ohio State football program, were strong, indeed, making for the biggest QB battle since J.T. Barrett vs Cardale Jones.