Ohio State went with Tate Martell in a few short yardage situations on Saturday, and it proved effective.
Martell carried the ball just once, managing five yards in the red zone, but his presence in the backfield seemed to open the field for the rest of the running game, allowing Ohio State to convert a first down later in the game.
It was a new wrinkle, but Urban Meyer said he thinks it could be there to stay.
“I think we’re going to do more of that,” Meyer said after the game, saying that it gets "rugged" down the red zone, and Martell can help the Buckeyes pick up yards.
Of course, putting Martell on the field means taking Dwayne Haskins out. And though he doesn't sound crazy about that idea, he seems to understand.
Dwayne Haskins on Tate Martell getting some playing time: Proud of the progress hes made. Acknowledged its a little frustrating being taken out of the game, but understands its for the betterment of the offense.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 10, 2018