Ohio State was up to the unique challenge of facing Army’s triple-option in its 38-7 win at Ohio Stadium on Saturday, and Urban Meyer says he has freshman quarterback Tate Martell to thank.
“We won the game because of that,” Meyer told reporters on Monday. “There were over 700 reps that went into this, [defensive coordinator Greg] Schiano was telling me. We started this in March.”
“I’m so excited for [Martell’s] future,” Ohio State’s coach added. “I saw a player in the spring — without getting too personal — that was worried about this, worried about that, it was probably social media or whatever. It happens. I see a guy who’s ripped his chest open. I hope it stays that way.
“He’ll do anything to help this team win a game. Those are the guys whose careers take off. Go do a research project and see how many people have failed when they’ve been given bad advice. So he’s handled it very well.”
This isn’t the first time Martell has helped Ohio State’s defense prepare for a special challenge. The former 4-star recruit simulated Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield before the Buckeyes lost to the Sooners in Week 2.
Martell enrolled early for the spring semester and impressed teammates with his elusiveness in fall camp.
“Nobody got a good hit on him,” senior safety Damon Webb said last month. “He’s definitely a run threat. We do the option and he’s real good at that. He’s real shifty. You can’t really tackle him in open space. He’s going to be good.”