Just a year ago, the Miami Hurricanes were ecstatic about landing former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell from the transfer portal.
Feeling as if they’ve found their leader for the future, the highly-touted signal-caller received nothing but praise heading into the preseason. That hype of course trimmed down quicker than expected.
To put it into simpler terms: Martell underperformed, losing the starting competition to former Cane Jarren Williams, ultimately sitting behind N’Kosi Perry for the entire 2019 season. The dual-threat quarterback finished his sophomore season with one completion for 7 yards in UM’s 14-0 Independence Bowl loss.
Hoping to have an opportunity to bounce-back and regain some respect, Martell chose to stay at Miami this offseason. However, with the addition of quarterback’s D’Eriq King and Tyler Van Dyke, the 22-year-old has found himself in a bigger hole than ever.
The Hurricanes announced their depth chart heading into their season opener against UAB, placing Van Dyke as quarterback No. 3, leaving Martell only behind Peyton Matocha.
As we flashback to another down camp from the former four-star, it introduces a question many have already answered.
What went wrong and what’s next?
If I were to make an educated guess, I’d assume that Miami has simply given up on his potential and are focused on Van Dyke’s ability to lead the team in the later future.
Whether it be following the King or Perry era, the true freshman simply excites UM’s coaching staff much more.
“We think Tyler has a really bright future here,” coach Manny Diaz said in a Monday press conference. “He impressed us the first four days of spring, and then when we came back to training camp, his ability to make some throws I think has caught the eye of everybody on the football team.
“He’s got some ability to move around and keep plays alive. And now just a young guys that needs seasoning and needs reps. I think everybody has been impressed with what Tyler’s done since he’s shown up on campus.”
While Van Dyke more than likely won’t see any reps this season, the confidence coach Diaz and his staff have placed on the 19-year-old is fascinating to say the least.