In his junior season, Justin Fields has shown why he’s one of the best college football players. The Ohio State quarterback is making a strong case for the Heisman Trophy award. Looking at his stats, there’s no question that he should be in the running to win the award.
Fields will look to lead Ohio State back to the College Football Playoffs this year, and they have the talent to do so.
Fields made the most of his opportunity playing at Georgia
Out of high school, Fields committed to the University of Georgia. It was only right for Fields to stay home and play for Georgia. He was a five-star recruit and was the highest-rated dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2018 by ESPN. During his high school career, he threw for 4,187 passing yards and 41 passing touchdowns. He also had 2,096 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns.
When Fields arrived at Georgia, he was the backup quarterback to Jake Fromm. He played in 12 out of 14 games as a true freshman, finished throwing for 328 yards and four TDs, and had four rushing touchdowns. Fields was named to the coaches freshman All-SEC Team.
With Fromm being the starting quarterback at Georgia, Fields decided to transfer to Ohio State. That decision to transfer worked out well in Fields favor. He became a star being the starting quarterback at Ohio State.
Justin Fields making a name for himself at Ohio State
Fields had a remarkable 2019 season at Ohio State. In his first season, he put up impressive numbers. He became the third Ohio State quarterback in the last 50 years to win each of his first 13 games. Fields showed a lot of poise and confidence at the quarterback position, and his skillset made him an elite player.
He threw for 3,273 yards and had 41 passing touchdowns with only three interceptions. Fields also ran for 484 yards with 10 rushing touchdowns. The Georgia native made history in his first year at Ohio State, becoming the first quarterback in Big Ten history with 40 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns in the same season.
Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist, and he was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year. He helped lead Ohio State to the College Football Playoffs, where they lost to Clemson in the semifinal game.
Rutgers head coach believes Fields will win the Heisman
Through three games, Fields has looked unstoppable as Ohio State is off to a 3-0 start. Fields has thrown for 908 yards and 11 touchdowns. The impressive stat is he has not thrown an interception yet. After Ohio State’s recent 49-27 victory over Rutgers, head coach Greg Schiano believes Fields is a frontrunner for the Heisman.
“But he’s really good. I mean, you’re right. I think he will probably win the Heisman. He’s that good, right? And when he starts to running around, he’s so dangerous,” Schiano said. According to ESPN, in the recent Heisman Watch, Fields is in second place behind Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. Jones has a total of 55 votes, while Fields has 47 votes. While the 2020 season is not over, Fields can continue to make a strong case that he deserves the Heisman Trophy.