By: Eric Moore
The wait is finally over and the NCAA has finally approved Tate Martell waiver, while he still was a participant in practice today. Now he can take a breather and just battle the other quarterbacks for the starting job. The NCAA took their precious time to announce their decision, and it was one that will benefit the Hurricanes. Martell may not win the starting job, but it’s a benefit for the team to add depth at this position and some talent that will up the competition.
The 4 star quarterback out of Las Vegas, Nevada transfered from Ohio State University after the season and Ohio State was in favor of approving the waiver for Martell. The talented quarterback redshirted his freshman year, and was in a loaded quarterback room at Ohio State. Last year as a redshirt sophomore Tate Martell came in on mop up duty, but showed flashes of the talent he has when given time in the pocket. Martell went 23-28 269yards and threw 1 touchdown behind headman candidate quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
What does this mean for the Hurricanes? Well for starters, the Hurricanes now have 4 scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, but going into to spring practice they will need to wait for incoming freshman Peyton Matocha to arrive. Incoming offensive coordinator Dan Enos will have a full slate of talented quarterbacks to groom, but last year starter N’kosi Perry has the most experience doesn’t hold a lot of weight for Coach Enos. He wants to put the best quarterback behind center, and will evaluate over spring and summer practice who will give him the best opportunity to win games.
While Perry and Williams aren’t going to just lay down and hand the job away, as the both have very talented arms. Buckle up your sits and enjoy the show this off-season, as this may be the most talented offensive roster the Hurricanes have had in a long time, but no matter who is behind center. The offensive line will play a key part, as they will need to improve from last year; in order, for the Hurricanes to be successful.