When it comes to Ohio State QB plan for TCU, Ryan Day not tipping his hand

Sept 11, 2018
Staff Writer
Ohio State’s Tate Martell celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

For the second day in a row, acting head coach Ryan Day avoided a definitive answer when it comes to Ohio State’s plans for Tate Martell, the backup quarterback who was sharp in relief of starter Dwayne Haskins as the Buckeyes blew out Rutgers last weekend. 

“The plan has always been to play Tate,” Day said Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches teleconference. “He brings a different skill package to the table. You could see that last week, and he’s getting better.” 

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The coach noted both quarterbacks are gaining much-needed experience every week since neither has played much (or at all in the case of Martell) at the college level prior to this season, and a trip to Texas to take on TCU on Saturday night represents a new challenge. 

“Now they’ll both have to take the next step because we’re going on the road, big environment, so we’ll try to get them as many snaps as we can,” Day concluded. 

A day earlier speaking to reporters in Columbus, Day had a similar response. 

“Like we said before, we plan to play Tate,” Day said Monday. “How much kind of depends on the game moving forward, but it was great to see him go out there and have some success and see him running around and have some energy.” 

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Martell was named co-freshman of the week in the Big Ten after completing 10 of 10 passes with a touchdown and also running for a score against Rutgers last weekend. 

Haskins, a sophomore who backed up J.T. Barrett last year while Martell took a redshirt, has been sharp in both games and was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after after completing 22 of 30 passes for 313 yards and five touchdowns in a season-opening win over Oregon State on Sept. 1

That was not all Day discussed on the teleconference: 

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Saturday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.