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Miami Hurricanes’ Tate Martell gets NCAA waiver, eligible immediately

The Ohio State transfer is unproven but talented, and likely UM’s starter against Florida.
Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell plays against Rutgers during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell plays against Rutgers during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

The Miami Hurricanes announced Tuesday that Ohio State transfer Tate Martell will be eligible immediately after receiving a waiver from the NCAA.

“We are pleased with this ruling and appreciate the NCAA recognizing that this waiver met the criteria under the membership established guidelines,” athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “We would like to thank the NCAA, as well as Ohio State University, for their assistance and support throughout the waiver process. We look forward to seeing Tate compete for the Hurricanes this season.”

Martell will have three years’ of eligibility left.

The announcement is obviously welcome news for the ’Canes, who have struggled at the position since Brad Kaaya left. Martell is unproven and saw little significant action (269 passing yards, one touchdown) in his six appearances with the Buckeyes last season.

But he’s probably Miami’s most talented option at the position. He was a U.S. Army All-American at Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman and won national player of the year honors from USA Today (among others). The former blue-chip recruit was one of the top transfers in the portal this offseason.

Miami opens the Manny Diaz era against Florida on Aug. 24 in Orlando.

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