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Name: Justin Fields (+) Coming off Dec 2019 Knee INJ
College: Ohio State     Number: 1
Height: 6-3   Weight: 228
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2022

40 Low: 4.40
   40 Time: 4.48
  40 High: 4.57
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: PManning/POBrien/PMaxwell/PWCamp2nd...2019: (+) Coming off Dec 2019 Knee INJ...HeismanTrophyFinalist/OPOYC/OPOYM/QBOYC/1stC/WalterCampPOYFinalist/PMaxwell/OBrienFinalist...2019 AFCA 2nd team All-American, AP 2nd team All-American, Walter Camp 2nd team All-American, FWAA 2nd team All-American, USA Today 2nd team All-American, Big Ten OFF POY, Big Ten QB of YR, 1st team All-Big Ten, Media 1st team All-Big Ten, AP Big Ten OFF POY, AP 1st team All-Big Ten w/238-354-3273-41-3-67.2 pass, 137-484-3.5-10 rush in 14 gms in '19. Announced he would transfer to Ohio State on Jan 4 '19. Announced he would transfer from Georgia in Dec '18. SEC All-Freshman Team w/27-39-328-4-0-69.2 pass, 42-266-6.3-4 rush in 12 gms in '18.

 Justin Fields, Ohio State, Player News

  09/16/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition. The COP/C voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020. The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a working group that was established by the COP/C and Commissioner Kevin Warren to ensure a collaborative and transparent process.

The Big Ten will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test. - Big Ten Football


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  08/25/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State's athletic department expects to lose out on $130.3 million in revenues following the cancellation of the fall sports season by the Big Ten Conference. The official projection from the school was included among newly published materials and agenda items for a board of trustees meeting scheduled for Thursday. The university's operating budget for the current 2021 fiscal year is up for approval. OSU attributed the sharp drop in income for the athletic department to losses of ticket sales, media rights fees and other conference-related revenues distributions stemming from a fall season. - Columbus Dispatch

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  08/20/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The NCAA Division I Council has recommended several eligibility adjustments for athletes in football and other fall sports whose seasons have been or still might be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an announcement by the NCAA late Wednesday, the D1 Council recommended that fall sports athletes get an additional year of eligibility and an additional year in which to complete their eligibility - neither of which will count against roster limits for 2021-22. In order to take effect, the changes must be approved by the NCAA Board of Governors when it meets later this week. The Council had already ruled that athletes who opt out of fall sports or have their seasons cut short get an additional year of eligibility - provided that they participate in 50% or less of their team's games. Those who opt out must also remain on scholarship. - Birmingham News

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  08/16/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields started a petition requesting that the Big Ten Conference reconsider the decision to cancel the fall sports season and allow football teams to make their own choice as to whether they will play or not during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fields, who is a preseason Heisman favorite, said he and many other players want to have a season and believe that the safety protocols that have been established are sufficient enough to mitigate the spread of the virus and keep players, coaches and staff safe. Within just four hours the petition has garnered more than 100,000 signatures. - ABC TV5 News Cleveland

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  08/15/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  A group of Ohio State football players' parents Saturday joined parents of players at Iowa in calling for the Big Ten to overturn its decision not to play this fall because of the pandemic. Meanwhile, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said nine Sooners tested positive for COVID-19 after he gave his players a week break from team activities. The Football Parents at Ohio State posted on social media a letter to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, calling for the reinstatement of the 10-game schedule the conference unveiled six days before it postponed football until spring. "We believe that the protocols put in place by Ohio State Athletics has provided an extremely safe environment for our players to prepare for the season," the letter said. The letter also asked for the release of all medical data and information the Big Ten used to make its decision, a meeting with Warren for senior players and their parents, and to permit athletes who want to play to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver. - AP College Football

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  08/11/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In making its decision, which was based on multiple factors, the Big Ten Conference relied on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee. "Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff," said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President.

"The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward," said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. "As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall." - The Big Ten Conference


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  08/10/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  President Donald Trump joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches Monday in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. There was speculation that two of the five most powerful conferences - the Big Ten and the Pac-12 - might call off their seasons. Farther east, Old Dominion canceled fall sports and became the first school in the Bowl Subdivison to break from its league in doing so; the rest of Conference USA was going forward with plans to play.

A Big Ten spokesman said no votes had been taken by its presidents and chancellors on fall sports as of Monday afternoon and the powerful Southeastern Conference made clear it was not yet ready to shutter its fall season. "Best advice I've received since COVID-19: Be patient. Take time when making decisions. This is all new & you'll gain better information each day," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter. ”Can we play? I don't know. We haven't stopped trying." - AP College Football


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  08/05/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields recognizes the health and financial motivations that might convince college football stars to opt out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus. However, the returning Heisman Trophy finalist said that line of thinking has not applied to him to this point. Asked Tuesday if he had considered opting out, Fields said, "I see where other guys are coming from, but I haven't necessarily thought about it yet." "Growing up as a kid I've always been a competitor," Fields said on a conference call that introduced him and six teammates as 2020 captains. "I love to play football. Growing up in my family, I never really needed anything. My family provided everything I've needed. So getting to the money as fast as I can is not really a priority to me. "Getting with my teammates and grinding every day with coach (Mickey Marotti) in workouts, thats' what I'm cherishing the most right now. Working with them and looking forward to the season, I'm trying to stay as optimistic as possible right now." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  07/31/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2020 MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Justin Fields, Jr., Ohio State,...Fields threw for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He accounted for 51 total touchdowns and became the first player in Big Ten history with 40 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in the same season. - Ohio State Football

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  07/28/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: QB Justin Fields, Ohio State,...Fields enjoyed one of the best statistical seasons in program history in 2019 as a first-year starter. The Kennesaw, Ga., native threw for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He accounted for 51 total touchdowns and became the first player in Big Ten history with 40 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in the same season. In addition to being the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year and Quarterback of the Year, Fields was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. - Ohio State Football

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  07/28/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  If Ohio State football plays games at Ohio Stadium in 2020, it will do so at 20% capacity. The athletic department made that announcement to season ticket holders on Tuesday, along with several other restrictions for fans attending games this fall. The guidelines were deemed necessary due to the COVID-19 pandemic that already triggered the cancellation of the Big Ten's non-conference fall sports contests and has threatened games being played at all this fall. - Cleveland.com

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  07/26/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Justin Fields, Ohio State,...2019 Heisman Trophy finalist...Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year...Davey O'Brien Award finalist...First Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)...Had one of the greatest statistical seasons in the history of Ohio State football as a first-year starter in 2019 when he completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards while accounting for 51 touchdowns (41 passing, 10 rushing)...Became the first quarterback in Big Ten history with 40 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in the same season. - Ohio State Football

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  07/26/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WATCH LIST: Justin Fields, Ohio State,...Fields enjoyed one of the best statistical seasons in program history in 2019 as a first-year starter. The Kennesaw, Ga., native threw for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He accounted for 51 total touchdowns and became the first player in Big Ten history with 40 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in the same season. - Ohio State Football

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  07/14/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State football's Justin Fields should be in a season-long conversation for the title of nation's best quarterback. The season-opening watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award - given annually to the nation's top quarterback - included the Buckeyes' Heisman Trophy finalist. Fields threw for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns against three interceptions last season and also rushed for 484 yards and 10 touchdowns. Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, the player Fields is most widely compared to in the battle for the nation's best, also made the watch list. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  07/08/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority. To that end, the Big Ten Conference announced today that if the Conference is able to participate in fall sports (men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball) based on medical advice, it will move to Conference-only schedules in those sports. Details for these sports will be released at a later date, while decisions on sports not listed above will continue to be evaluated.

By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic. This decision was made following many thoughtful conversations over several months between the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Directors of Athletics, Conference Office staff, and medical experts including the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee. - Big Ten Football


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  06/30/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Documents regarding the coronavirus that universities, including Ohio State, have required athletes to sign in order to participate in workouts on campus have drawn scrutiny from Congress. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, and Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at prohibiting the waivers called pledges or risk acknowledgment forms by some schools that could be used by schools as a form of liability protection, according to a news release. Referred to as the College Athlete Pandemic Safety Act, the bill also seeks to ban schools from revoking the scholarships of athletes who do not play for health and safety reasons related to COVID-19 and require schools to inform athletes when a player or staff member tests positive for the virus.

In a letter addressed to NCAA President Mark Emmert last week, Blumenthal and Booker referenced a "Buckeye Pledge" that Ohio State's athletes were required to sign before returning to campus to work out earlier this month. Football players were first to return to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and Schumaker Complex for voluntary workouts on June 8, followed by men's and women's basketball players, along with athletes from some other fall sports. - Columbus Dispatch


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  06/18/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State will play Alabama in a home-and-home series in 2027 and 2028, The Dispatch has learned. The Crimson Tide will come to Ohio Stadium on Sept. 18, 2027. Ohio State will go to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to play Sept. 9, 2028, in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The visiting team will receive a $1 million payment for both games. If a team backs out of the games, the fee will be $3 million to the other school. Both provisions are unusual for a game involving elite opponents. "The reason why that is that high is the desired execution of this series," Ohio State deputy athletic director Diana Sabau said. "Absolutely, 100 percent, both teams want to make this happen."

The series will be the first regular-season games between the schools since they met in the Kickoff Classic on Aug. 27, 1986, at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. The teams have never played on each other's campus. Ohio State and Alabama have played four times, all at neutral sites. Alabama won the Kickoff Classic as well as the 1978 Sugar Bowl and 1995 Florida Citrus Bowl. - Columbus Dispatch


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  05/20/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State's plan to re-open its facilities to athletes on June 8 seems like a positive first step on the long road to the return from the COVID-19 shutdown. The NCAA's Division I council reportedly cleared the way for that step Wednesday. Yahoo's Pete Thamel reported the council voted to allow voluntary workouts after the completion of its current moratorium on team activities, which runs through May 31. However, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also believes allowing football players to return to campus is the safest option for those players' health. Ohio State athletic facilities have been closed to players since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We feel that the facilities we have, with the protocols we can put in place relative to symptom checks and cleanliness and all those types of things - is the best protective environment," Smith said. "A lot of health clubs and workout places, spas and gyms, do an excellent job. Some young people are not in environments with access to those facilities. "We have access to the state-of-the-art equipment, we have medical people, (athletic) trainers, and we want to continue to make sure they're in the safest environment possible. We feel we can provide education, resources - some of them don't have access compared to where they are." Smith said Ohio State will vote for an extension of the Big Ten's team activities band through June 30, but is in favor of allowing voluntary, non-organized workouts. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  05/03/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  After crunching the numbers, Blake Lawrence is certain that Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields could become a rich man before he becomes a richer man in the NFL. It's a moot point, really, because Fields likely will be out of college and playing in the NFL by the time the NCAA institutes name, image and likeness (NIL) rules at the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year. Still, Fields serves as a model for what future famous college athletes can expect to make from endorsements, personal appearances, social media participation and businesses they develop. Lawrence, CEO and co-founder of Opendorse, a Nebraska company that helps athletes calculate their value, estimates that if NIL were operating today Fields could make at least $250,000 annually on social media posts alone, not counting compensation from autograph and memorabilia shows. Lawrence grabbed a calculator during an interview with The Dispatch and quickly determined Fields' market value.

"At Ohio State, which is one of the top five sports sponsorship markets in college athletics, there are high-dollar sponsors who support Ohio State every year," Lawrence said. "And 10 are spending a million or more a year. Those type of sponsors have discretionary income to invest in an annual campaign with someone like Justin." Fields could expect half of those 10 to hire him to promote their product or business by posting once a quarter via his Instagram and Twitter accounts, which have 391,000 and 131,000 followers. Do the math - $11,000 per sponsored Instagram post and $1,500 per Twitter post, according to Lawrence - and the money would collect without the QB breaking a sweat. - Columbus Dispatch


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  04/27/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Seven times in the last 50 years have quarterbacks been the first two picks in the NFL Draft. Bet on it happening again in Cleveland in 2021. It should be the final part of the second chapter of the Justin Fields-Trevor Lawrence quarterback battle, and the first part of the third chapter. The top two high school recruits in the Class of 2018 after playing high school football just miles apart from each other in Georgia (Chapter 1), Ohio State's Fields and Clemson's Lawrence enter the 2020 college football season as the two clear favorites for the Heisman Trophy, with both their teams among the favorites to win the national title (Chapter 2).

They met in the Ohio State-Clemson Fiesta Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal last season, and could be on track to meet in the playoff again. And then they'll almost certainly share the stage in Cleveland as they embark on their careers as potential NFL franchise quarterbacks (Chapter 3). LSU's Joe Burrow was the No. 1 pick in this 2020 NFL Draft as an Ohio native and former Buckeye who was picked by an Ohio team in the Cincinnati Bengals. Fields transferred to Ohio State from Georgia and he won't find a home with an Ohio NFL team, but he almost certainly will enter the league as part of this coming Ohio draft. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  04/18/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  In recent years, as the debate over amateurism in college athletics has raged on, the question often arises: How much money does a top football player truly generate? A study by researchers at Ohio State University released this week tried to provide an answer, and the figures are robust. According to the study, five-star recruits are worth an average of $650,000 per year to their program. The study, co-authored by Ohio State economics professor Trevon Logan, uses football revenue data from 2002 to 2012 for all Football Bowl Subdivision schools as well as the recruiting database of Rivals.com. It operates on a two-step procedure. Researchers started by inferring the value of high-level recruits on team performance by tracking the rankings of recruits at one school in a given year and the program's wins and bowl appearance from that season.

The second step involved determining the effect these results - wins and bowl appearances - have on total revenue. Absent from the study was any mention of the value provided by coaches, the people who actually do get paid - in most cases, quite handsomely - on a college football team. Instead of insisting players get paid, the goal of the study seemed to be to evaluate how much a player should be paid compared with his teammates, based on the value he brings to his team's success. - Baltimore Sun


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  04/02/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Quarterbacks always rocket to the top of the NFL Draft, and Ohio State football's Justin Fields is already considered a contender for the No. 1 overall spot in 2021. Does he need a strong 2020 season to ensure that high first-round status? Does he need a 2020 season at all? Within reason, statistical production is less important than one might think for draft prospects. Fields already possess many of the attributes NFL scouts and general managers covet most. That won't change between now and whenever he walks on stage in Cleveland in April 2021.

Physically, the onetime baseball prospect has a prototypical quarterback's frame. If anything he seems even more solid than the 6-3, 228-pound roster listing would suggest. Fields is broad-shouldered and thick. He gets a lot of credit for playing with toughness, and while that's warranted, he also dishes it out as well as he takes it from some opposing defenders. The arm strength is legitimate, but not because NFL evaluators want to see Hail Mary bombs. Fields routinely impressed with his ability to hit tight sideline windows from the far hashes in 2019. He possesses a sophisticated array of throws in an offense where Ryan Day has incorporated pro elements and looks. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  03/27/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Big Ten Conference on Friday extended its suspension of organized team activities through at least May 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it will "re-evaluate again at that time." The Big Ten had previously canceled all winter and spring competitions through the end of the academic year. It also had suspended organized team activities through April 6. The league continues to apply a moratorium to all in-person on and off-campus recruiting visits. "The Big Ten Conference will continue to use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps relative to the COVID-19 pandemic," the league said in a news release. "The main priority of the Big Ten Conference is to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  03/23/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Ohio State football team may have had to cancel spring practice with the outbreak of the coronavirus, but Justin Fields is still finding ways to get better. Like every other Ohio State student, Fields was sent home for the semester, but that doesn't mean he is just sitting around the house waiting for fall camp to start. The Buckeyes' starting quarterback is spending his time away from campus working with his longtime quarterback trainer Ron Veal. Veal is a former quarterback in his own right, playing at Arizona from 1987-90 before spending a season in the Canadian Football League with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1991.

As a fellow Georgia native, he has worked with a handful of the best quarterbacks the state has to offer including Fields and Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Fields and Lawrence have each worked with Veal since their high school days, and it was Veal who first put the two on the same football field to train in 2017. That would be one of the few times the two would share a field before meeting in the Fiesta Bowl last season despite their homes being only 20 miles from each other. The two quarterbacks come into the 2020 season as the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy, and their teams could potentially be No. 1 and No. 2 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll. - Cleveland Plain Dealer


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  03/12/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State's spring football game, which was originally scheduled for April 11 at Ohio Stadium, has been canceled amid concerns over the coronavirus, the university announced Wednesday night. The decision was made in the aftermath of recommendations from Gov. Mike DeWine, who has called for sporting events in the state to be held with limited spectator and plans to issue a public health order later this week. Attendance at other home Ohio State sporting events for the rest of the academic year was also to be limited to student-athletes, immediate family members, coaches and staff, essential event management, operational and facility staff and credentialed media members. Five events were scheduled to be held on campus this weekend, including the baseball team's home opening series, a women's gymnastics meet on Saturday and a men's lacrosse game on Sunday. No annual event in the spring has drawn bigger crowds to campus than the spring football game, which saw 61,102 fans in attendance last year and often packed more than half of the stadium. The school said it will provide refunds for fans who purchased tickets, which had been on sale since last month. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  02/25/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ryan Day, who led Ohio State to a 13-1 record and a College Football Playoff appearance in his first year as head coach, is being rewarded with a three-year contract extension and a raise, the university said Tuesday. The 40-year-old Day is now under contract through the 2026 season. Day, who made a base salary of $4.5 million plus bonuses in 2019, will be paid $6 million for the 2020-21 season, the university said. He'll make $6.5 million for the 2021 season and $7.6 million for 2022. His salary for 2023-26 will be decided later.

Day wasn't even in the top 20 of the country's highest paid football coaches in 2019, but the raises are expected to move him up the list gradually. Clemson's Dabo Sweeney was the highest-paid coach last season at more than $9.2 million. The university noted excellent academic progress of players under Day. Ohio State had a program-record 23 college graduates on its 2019 playoff semifinals roster, and 39 players were academic All-Big Ten Conference honorees last fall for having GPAs of 3.00 or above. - AP College Football


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  02/18/20 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The NCAA took a significant step toward allowing all Division I athletes to transfer one time without sitting out a season of competition. A plan to change the waiver process is expected to be presented to the Division I Council in April. If adopted, new criteria would go into effect for the 2020-21 academic year and be a boon for athletes in high-profile sports such as football and men's and women's basketball. In those sports, along with baseball and men's hockey, Division I undergraduate athletes are required to do what the NCAA calls a year-in-residence after transferring, when they can practice with their new teams but not participate in games. Other NCAA Division I athletes are permitted by rule a one-time exception to be immediately eligible for competition after transferring. - AP College Football

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  12/24/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields may not be fully healthy when the second-ranked Buckeyes face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Fields said Tuesday his left knee is only 80 to 85% heading into Saturday's College Football Playoff semifinal in Glendale. He plans to wear a small brace during the game and brought a larger one in case anything happens. "My knee's probably not where I want it to be right now," Fields said. "But I think with treatment every day and just resting it every day, hopefully, it will be better by the game."

Fields aggravated a previous injury against Penn State on Nov. 23 and again the following week against Michigan when a teammate rolled into his knee. He struggled in the first half of the Big Ten championship game against Wisconsin before throwing two touchdown passes as the Buckeyes rallied for a 34-21 victory. Fields has been practicing in the buildup to the Fiesta Bowl but with limited mobility. "I try to get as many reps as possible," he said. "I really haven't missed any reps, I've just been getting in there and playing. I just can't really move like I want to." Fields finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting and was named the Big Ten offensive player of the year after throwing for 2,953 yards, 40 touchdowns and one interception. The winner of Saturday's game will face No. 1 LSU or No. 4 Oklahoma in the national title game Jan. 13 in New Orleans. - AP College Football


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  12/11/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2019 BIG TEN ASSOCIATED PRESS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Justin Fields, Ohio State,...Fields, who transferred to Ohio State this season, is the Big Ten's offensive player and quarterback of the year. From Kennesaw, Ga., he has accounted for 50 total touchdowns this season and is within four of Dwayne Haskins' Big Ten record of 54 total touchdowns set last year. Fields also has a ridiculous 40:1 touchdown pass to interception ratio. - Ohio State Football

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  12/09/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2019 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Fields, a true sophomore who transferred to Ohio State from Georgia in 2019, and Young, are Ohio State's sixth and seventh Heisman finalists and follow Dwayne Haskins' finalist appearance in 2018. Fields and Young would become the Buckeyes' eighth winner of the Heisman. The first teammates to be named Heisman finalists since 2016, Fields and Young helped lead Ohio State to a 13-0 record, a Big Ten championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Fields completed 208-of-308 pass attempts for 2,953 yards and 40 touchdowns with just one interception with a completion percentage of 67,5% while also rushing for 471 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. Fields, who threw at least two TD passes in every game this year including four TDs five times and three or more nine times, was named the 2019 Big Ten Offensive Player and Quarterback of the Year. The 2019 Big Ten Championship Game Offensive MVP, he is third nationally in passing efficiency (190.30) among quarterbacks who have played in at least 10 games and he is second in the country with 300 points responsible for. - Heisman Memorial Trophy


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  12/07/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins spent the first half scratching their heads. Then, Ohio State's dynamic duo - and teammates - reverted to their previously impressive form. Fields threw three touchdown passes in the second half, Dobbins ran for 172 yards and a score and No. 2 Ohio State sealed its first playoff trip in three years by shutting out No. 10 Wisconsin in the second half in a 34-21 victory Saturday night in the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes (13-0, No. 1 CFP) claimed an unprecedented third straight outright league title and enter the postseason with a 19-game winning streak. The College Football Playoff selection committee will announce the four playoff teams Sunday, and first-year coach Ryan Day was already lobbying for the top spot before leaving the field. "They came out and played unbelievable in the second half. This team is unbelievable," he said. "I think we deserve to be No. 1."

Wisconsin (10-3, No. 8 CFP) has lost seven straight in the series though this one didn't follow the usual script. The Badgers, who lost 38-7 at Ohio State in October, scored the first 14 points -- Ohio State's largest deficit of the season. Wisconsin led 21-7 at the half. But just like the first game, the Buckeyes turned it on in the third quarter. Jeremy Ruckert started the comeback with a spectacular one-handed catch in the back of the end zone on the fifth play of the third quarter. The 16-yard pass cut the deficit to 21-14. Fields was 19 of 31 with 299 yards and was named the game's MVP. He also passed Drew Brees for the second-most TD passes in one season in conference history. Fields has thrown 40, Brees threw 39. He has thrown at least three touchdown passes in 12 of 13 games this season. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  12/06/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2019 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST: Justin Fields, Ohio State,...A first-year starter, Fields has been remarkably consistent this season, highlighted by his 37-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio. He's third nationally with 47 touchdowns accounted for (37 passing, 10 rushing) and ranks fourth with a 190.2 passing efficiency rating. Coming off the second 300-yard passing game of his career last week, Fields is completing 68.2 percent of his passes for 2,654 yards. He's thrown for at least two touchdown passes in all 12 games. - Ohio State Football

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  12/05/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2019 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Justin Fields, Ohio State,...Fields has thrown for 2,654 yards and is completing 68.2 percent of his passes. Last week at No. 10 Michigan, he had 302 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to their eighth straight win over the Wolverines. - Ohio State Football

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  12/04/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2019 BIG TEN GRAHAM-GEORGE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Justin Fields, Ohio State,...A first-year starter who arrived at Ohio State just 11 months ago, Fields has a stat line that pops off the page: 37 touchdowns, one interception, 47 total touchdowns and a 192.1 passer efficiency rating. A Davey O'Brien Award finalist, Fields is one of only three starting quarterbacks with a 12-0 record this season and is on pace to challenge Dwayne Haskins' Big Ten record of 54 total touchdowns. What's equally as impressive is that Fields has put up those gaudy stats despite not taking any snaps in the fourth quarter of several games. His 47 touchdowns responsible for is third highest in the country but with 98 and 91 fewer carries/passes than Joe Burrow (47 TDs/486 plays) and Jalen Hurts (50 TDs/481 plays), respectively. - Ohio State Football

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  12/04/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2019 BIG TEN GRIESE-BREES QUARTERBACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Justin Fields, Ohio State,...Fields has thrown for 2,654 yards and is completing 68.2 percent of his passes. Last week at No. 10 Michigan, he had 302 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to their eighth straight win over the Wolverines. Fields is Ohio State's seventh Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year in the nine years that the award has been given out. He's the ninth Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the fifth in the last eight years. - Ohio State Football

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  12/04/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  In the midst of one of the greatest statistical seasons by a quarterback in Ohio State and Big Ten history, sophomore quarterback Justin Fields was named the Big Ten Conference's Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the league's Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year on Wednesday night. Fields is among 10 Buckeyes on offense who made either a first, second or third All-Big Ten team. Ohio State, champions of the East Division, brings the nation's No. 1-ranked scoring offense and No. 5 total offense into Saturday night's Big Ten championship game versus No. 8 Wisconsin. - Ohio State/Big Ten Football

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  11/27/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  2019 DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD FINALIST: Ohio State sophomore Justin Fields,...In his first season directing Ohio State, Fields has connected on 175 of 252 passes for 2,352 yards with 33 touchdowns against just one interception. He also has 445 yards on the ground and has scored 10 rushing touchdowns. Nationally, Fields ranks second in quarterback rating (93.2), tied for third in passing touchdowns, fourth in passing efficiency (190.3) and fourth in points responsible for (258). He also is among the top 10 in completion percentage (9th, .694). The native of Kennesaw, Ga., has totaled at least four touchdowns eight times on the year and has posted a total quarterback rating above 90.0 seven times. His 33-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio is the best in NCAA history. - The Davey O'Brien Foundation

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  11/18/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  With its 56-21 win at Rutgers, second-ranked Ohio State became the second team in 100 years to win its first 10 games by 24 or more points. The other team with that distinction was Nebraska in 1971. The Cornhuskers' streak ended in the 11th game, the 35-31 Game of the Century win at Oklahoma. Ohio State plays what figures to be its toughest game to date this week at home against No. 9 Penn State. - AP College Football

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  11/16/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Justin Fields threw for a career-high 305 yards and matched his best with four touchdown passes to lead No. 2 Ohio State to a workmanlike 56-21 win over Rutgers on Saturday. Favored by a whopping 51 points, the Buckeyes (10-0, 7-0 Big Ten) rolled to their 16th straight win over the past two seasons. J.K. Dobbins ran for two touchdowns and cornerback Shaun Wade set up two early TDs with an interception and a forced fumble. Isaih Pacheco scored on a 26-yard run, Johnny Langan threw a 45-yard scoring pass to Bo Melton and ran a yard for another touchdown with 1:09 left for Rutgers (2-8, 0-7). The loss was the 19th straight conference game for Rutgers, which fired coach Chris Ash in late September.

Playing just over a half, Fields finished 15 of 19 in topping his previous best of 234 yards against Florida Atlantic in the season opener. His touchdown passes covered 11 and 24 yards to Binjimen Victor, 35 yards to K.J. Hill and 14 yards to Luke Farrell on the opening series of the second half. The Georgia transfer has thrown 31 touchdowns and one interception in his first season as the Buckeyes' starter. Rutgers took the opening kickoff and turned the ball over twice in his first four plays from scrimmage, helping stake Ohio State to a 14-0 lead. Wade intercepted Langan (12 of 26 for 121) on the second play from scrimmage, giving the Buckeyes the ball at their 40. Four plays later, Dobbins scored on an 18-yard run. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  11/09/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State got its first taste of adversity this week when star defensive end Chase Young was suspended for the Maryland game for a possible NCAA infraction involving a personal loan. On Saturday the No. 3 Buckeyes set that to one side and took out their frustrations on beleaguered Maryland, a program heading in the wrong direction. Justin Fields threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in the first half Saturday as Ohio State rolled to a 73-14 win behind 705 yards of offense and 40 first downs. A team that gave the Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 1) headaches last season was no trouble this time, even without the fierce pass-rushing of Young. The preseason All-American was suspended Friday while Ohio State investigates a possible NCAA violation involving a loan.

"We went through a little adversity this week," coach Ryan Day said. "Adversity reveals character, and our character was at the forefront of this game. I felt we came out and showed we're made of something special here." J.K. Dobbins rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns as the Buckeyes built a 42-0 halftime lead and the backups added to it in the second half. Fields tossed touchdown passes to Binjimen Victor , K.J. Hill and Chris Olave before taking a seat. His backup, Chris Chugunov, threw another one in the third quarter. The Buckeyes defense, without Young, held the Terrapins to a single yard of offense in the first quarter and 139 yards for the game. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  10/20/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State edged past Clemson to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll and Wisconsin dropped to 13th after being upset ahead of its showdown with the Buckeyes. Alabama remained No. 1 on Sunday in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, receiving 24 first-place votes. No. 2 LSU held its place and received 16 first-place votes. The Buckeyes had 13 first-place votes and No. 4 Clemson, the preseason No. 1 team and defending national champion, received nine. The Buckeyes and Tigers both were coming off conference blowouts on the road. Ohio State beat Northwestern 52-3 Friday night. Clemson defeated Louisville 45-10.

The point margin between the No. 1 and No. 4 in this week's Top 25 is 78, the smallest it has been this season. Alabama received 1,486 points while LSU had 1,462, Ohio State had 1,429 and Clemson had 1,408. Oklahoma remained No. 5, but Penn State moved up to sixth after Wisconsin's first loss of the season. The Badgers were beaten Saturday by 30-point underdog Illinois in the season's most significant upset so far. Florida, Notre Dame, Auburn and Georgia round out the top 10, giving the Southeastern Conference five of the top 10 teams. - AP College Football


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  10/18/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Eyeing a playoff spot and a shot at the national championship, No. 4 Ohio State sure is locked in at the moment. Justin Fields threw for four touchdowns, J.K. Dobbins rushed for 121 yards and the Buckeyes pounded Northwestern 52-3 on Friday night. Ohio State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) did exactly as expected and blew the game open early, jumping to a 31-3 halftime lead. “I just feel like it's business,” defensive end Chase Young said. “That's the mentality I have, just because I know we can't have any fluke losses. It's gonna mess with what we want to do.”

Fields completed 18 of 23 passes for 194 yards. The sophomore transfer from Georgia matched his career high for TDs through the air. He now has 22 passing and 30 overall on the season. The nation's second-leading rusher, Dobbins scored from the 5 in the second quarter after breaking off a 67-yard run. He also caught a 19-yard touchdown pass in the first half. The junior now has 947 yards rushing after finishing with more than 1,000 in each of his first two seasons. Chris Olave caught two TDs. Blake Haubeil kicked a 55-yard field goal that tied the second-longest in the history of the storied program. The Buckeyes racked up 480 yards while holding the Northwestern to 199 and remained unbeaten heading into their showdown at home with No. 6 Wisconsin next week. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  10/06/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State and Georgia are tied at No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Florida surged to No. 7 after a big victory. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson held their spots Sunday after a week off for both, but the Buckeyes caught up to the Bulldogs in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Crimson Tide received 32 first-place votes and 1,503 points and the Tigers had 15 first-place votes and 1,433 points. Georgia got three first-place votes and 1,393 points.

Ohio State, which was fourth last week, received 10 first-place votes and 1,393 points. The last time there was a tie in the top three was Sept. 20, 2015, when TCU and Mississippi shared third. No. 5 LSU received two first-place votes. Oklahoma stayed No. 6. Florida moved up three spots after beating Auburn on Saturday. The Tigers slipped five to No. 12. Baylor, Memphis and Cincinnati all entered the Top 25. - AP College Football


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  10/03/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Michigan State's defense is one of the best in the country, but the unit may have difficulty containing quarterback Justin Fields and a Buckeyes offense that is surging, coming off a 48-7 dismantling of Nebraska. Fields has accounted for 23 touchdowns...16 passing, seven running...and his 138 points responsible for is second in the nation. Michigan State has the fourth-best running defense in the country and is limiting opponents to an average of 15 points per game. The unit has caused 10 turnovers and has a Big Ten-leading six interceptions. - AP College Football

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  09/29/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Ohio State was supposed to get its first big test of the season at Nebraska. It hardly turned out that way. Justin Fields threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was intercepted on three of the Cornhuskers' first four series, and the No. 5 Buckeyes turned in their most impressive performance of the season in a 48-7 victory Saturday night. Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) scored on its first six possessions and led 38-0 after a dizzying first half. By the time Nebraska finally scored, the Buckeyes had rolled off 124 straight points since trailing Miami (Ohio) 5-0 last week. "I think we're very confident right now," Fields said. "We came into Lincoln - the crowd is amazing here - and it was loud at the beginning. We handled it well, jumped on them early and didn't let up."

Nebraska (3-2, 1-1) didn't go over 100 yards of total offense until late in the third quarter, just before its only TD, and it was obvious early that second-year coach Scott Frost's program is still a ways from returning to national prominence. "We're all disappointed," Frost said. "I thought we had a puncher's chance if we came out and played a really good game, and we didn't, so that's the end result. I told the team we can't doubt for a second where this is going, what we're doing to get it there, the improvement we've made. I want the guys to go to bed tonight and put this behind them." The Buckeyes had come to Lincoln off four straight lopsided wins but the question remained: just how good are they? Based on this performance, they're really good. - Ohio State/AP College Football


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  09/07/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The hopes for a shocking upset that Luke Fickell and Cincinnati carried with them up Interstate 71 didn't take long to dissipate into the late summer air at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The long afternoon started when quarterback Justin Fields dashed up the middle for a 7-yard touchdown run on Ohio State's second drive of the day. And it got worse for the Bearcats from there. Fields, the Georgia transfer in his first year starting for the Buckeyes, was prolific the rest of the day with help from tailback J.K. Dobbins and an angry Ohio State defense in the 42-0 rout of Cincinnati, which last beat the Buckeyes in football 122 years ago. "We got our absolute butts whipped," said Fickell, the third-year Bearcats coach who played and coached for years at Ohio State.

Fields ran for a second score and passed for two as No. 5 Ohio State (2-0) dismantled Cincinnati in Fickell's return to Ohio Stadium. "They just ruined any sentimental thought you had," he said. "I'm disappointed we couldn't give them a real game." The Bearcats (1-1) came in with confidence after an opening week home win over UCLA but couldn't get it together. By halftime it was 28-0. The Ohio State defense held down Cincinnati and shut the door with a blocked field goal, an interception and, late in the game, a fumble for a touchback on the only occasions the Bearcats threatened. The Buckeyes sacked quarterback Desmond Ritter five times. - AP College Football


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  08/31/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Justin Fields put together a game's worth of highlights in half a quarter for Ohio State against FAU. The much-anticipated debut of Fields as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback resulted in four touchdowns in the first four drives. The rest of the game was kind of sleepy for Fields and the Buckeyes, who will get a better test next week when Cincinnati comes to the Horseshoe. Fields, the former five-star prospect who was a backup to Jake Fromm at Georgia last season, has immense potential. He is the type of player who could make Ohio State a threat to the Alabama-Clemson reign atop college football. - AP College Football

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  08/31/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  Justin Fields made some mistakes that quarterbacks make when they haven't played much. The much-ballyhooed Georgia transfer also showed flashes of how good he might be and why he was a five-star recruit. Fields, who saw limited action as a freshman last season sitting behind Jake Fromm, threw four touchdown passes and ran for a score in his first game for Ohio State, leading the fifth-ranked Buckeyes over Florida Atlantic 45-21 on Saturday in the season opener.

Fields made it look easy early, engineering touchdown on Ohio State's first four drives, including his 51-yard scoring run on the Buckeyes' first possession. The Buckeyes' offense sputtered in the second and third quarters behind its relatively inexperienced leader. Fields stayed in the game for all but the last offensive series, finishing 18 for 25 for 234 yards. "We jumped on them early, but we just got to keep that tempo up and just be able to score all game long," Fields said. Tight end Jeremy Ruckert caught two touchdown passes, and Binjimen Victor and Chris Olave also had scoring grabs. J.K. Dobbins had 91 rushing yards and a touchdown. - AP College Football


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  08/06/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  New Ohio State coach Ryan Day is the first to note that Fields must still earn the starting job. But that's really just a formality. "Physically, he checks all the boxes - running, athleticism, size, power, throwing ability, arm strength, accuracy, intelligence," Day said. "He has all those things. Now it's just a matter in August of putting on the field and seeing what kind of product we have. "But in order to learn, you have to fail," Day continued. "Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of failing a lot in practice and spending a few years as an understudy. Some of those failures are going to happen in a game, and there's going to be a lot of deep breaths."

In the months after spring practice, Fields put in his work. He threw with his receivers nearly every day. "Right when you come into a new place you can't just come in and just act like you're a leader," he said. "You have to kind of get used to the guys and build relationships with them so they trust you. Then you can step out and become a leader." - AP College Football


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  08/04/19 - QB Justin FieldsJr/2022, Ohio State, 6-3, 228 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The fastest 40-yard dash time by a quarterback in the 2019 NFL Combine was 4.57 by Penn State's Trace McSorley. According to Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, the time he posted in May would've beaten that convincingly if he were two years older and eligible for the draft. "The laser (time), was a 4.42 and then the hand (time) was a 4.38," Fields said. "I didn't think I was going to run it that fast. My goal was to get it under 4.45 laser. I definitely achieved that so (I'm) happy about that."

Fields came into college football as the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the country, so it's no surprise that his speed and athleticism will be a vital part of his game. He showed that in small doses at Georgia. But at Ohio State, those moments have been limited in practice and the spring game as he's tried to learn the offense and is not allowed to be hit. - Cleveland.com

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