Tate Martell, shown playing for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, has acquired a new nickname at Ohio State. LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
COLUMBUS — True freshmen quarterback Tate Martell has received his official blessing into the Ohio State quarterback room.
In other words, Martell already has his new first name, according to starting quarterback J.T. Barrett.
In interviews during the past two years, Barrett has jokingly refused to call his younger peers by their given first names, instead opting for new names of his choosing. Joe Burrow has been “John” while Dwayne Haskins is “Ross.”
Barrett said Monday that Martell already has his new name.
Everyone say hello to Chuck.
“He's not Tate,” Barrett said. “You say Tate, but I say Chuck.”
Typically, Barrett said he or another veteran would come up with the name, but Martell's new distinction came from strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, who began calling Martell “Chuck” during offseason workouts, and Barrett said the name just fit.
“I don't know a whole lots of Chucks and I'm not disrespecting anybody who's named Chuck,” Barrett said.
“That's his name,” Barrett said.
The freshman, predictably, has taken grief from the older quarterbacks. Earlier in the preseason, Martell tweeted a shirtless before and after picture through six months of conditioning at Ohio State.
Quarterbacks coach Ryan Day said he started the next meeting with Martell's tweet, which opened it to an amateur roast.
Martell has impressed his teammates with his elusiveness, but there was no evading a new nickname.
“As an older guy, myself, John, and Ross — now there's no harassing or hazing, absolutely not,” Barrett said. “But do we give him a hard time? Absolutely.”