Fields seizes the opportunity at Ohio State

Fields a budding star at OSU

Justin Fields

After an understudy role in Georgia a year ago, Justin Fields is finding that the spotlight at Ohio State suits him just fine.

Indeed, in their sophomore quarterback, the Buckeyes appear to have found a signal caller who can throw and run and is able to make reads and plays when they’re there and create opportunities when they’re not.

That was evident in a play in the Buckeyes’ Week 2 victory over Cincinnati, when he was able to scramble out of the pocket and without setting his feet, connect with wideout Chris Olave on a 43-yard pass. Such ability to create plays on the run and under pressure cannot be taught. On the day, Fields completed 20 of 25 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns plus another pair running in OSU’s 42-0 rout of their cross-state rivals.

He came to Ohio State courtesy of a consultation with his predecessor Dwayne Haskins, the former OSU QB drafted in the first round by the Washington Redskins in 2019. Haskins sang the praises of Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day, a former quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers who helped develop Haskins into a Heisman Trophy finalist and the 15th overall pick in ’19. Little wonder, then, why Fields chose to transfer to Columbus.

Fields and the sixth-ranked Buckeyes can be seen in action Friday, Oct. 18, when they pay a visit to their Big Ten rivals Northwestern in a game airing on Fox Sports 1.

Full name: Justin Skyler Fields

Birth date: March 5, 1999

Birthplace: Kennesaw, Ga.

Height/weight: 6 feet, 3 inches/223 pounds

Teams: Georgia Bulldogs (2018); Ohio State Buckeyes (2019-present)

Class: Sophomore

Position: Quarterback

No.: 1

Honors and achievements: Was named Mr. Georgia Football by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta after his senior year in high school in 2017; rated as a five-star recruit and was the highest rated dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2018 by ESPN, and

Did you know?: Also starred in baseball in high school

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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