"After being there for two years and not playing, I couldn't risk it anymore. There's a point where you love your teammates, you love everything about the school and the people there, but you have to start thinking about yourself and not doing it because these are my teammates. They all understood, and they weren't upset at all."
The story indirectly quotes Martell as saying he "was told toward the end of the season he would be better off finding another school," and he said he is thankful Ohio State did not stand in the way of his application for a waiver to play right away at his new school, which was granted.
"The good thing that happened was that I was told, so I wasn't in a bad situation. So that's the only thing I can say that was good about the situation is I wasn't lied to."
Reports Fields might be interested in transferring to Ohio State surfaced in December following the announcement Ryan Day would replace Urban Meyer as head coach in January.