The Story of Justin Fields

Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Justin Fields is one of the best quarterbacks in college football and a great guy off the field. In this article we look at what he’s done so far in his career and go over what to expect from him in the future.

High School and QB1

Fields was the starting quarterback at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia for two years. His accomplishments there were beyond impressive. He finished his high school career with 4,187 passing yards, 41 touchdowns, 2,096 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on the ground. Justin Fields was also named Elite 11 MVP entering his senior season, as well as Mr. Georgia Football.

He also appeared in Season 2 of QB1: Beyond the Lights on Netflix. The show documented Fields’ final season in high school. Wake Forest’s Sam Hartman and Re-al Mitchell, who recently transferred from Iowa State to Temple, were also on the show. Think of QB1: Beyond the Lights as the high school version of Hard Knocks but focusing on individual talents. I recommend watching the show if you want to learn more about Justin Fields.

Transfer from Georgia

A big storyline before last season was Fields’ decision to transfer from Georgia. A big question mark was whether he would be granted immediate eligibility. Fields chose Ohio State and he didn’t have to sit out a year.

Georgia had him as one of their top recruits along with Trevor Lawrence and he decided to stay in his hometown. Fields was Jake Fromm’s backup as a freshman. He completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in 12 games. The Kennesaw, Georgia product also ran for 266 yards and four touchdowns on 42 carries, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.

Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Justin Fields at Ohio State

The 21-year-old has played at Ohio State for just one season but his resume is impeccable and he has his team at +300 to win the College Football Playoff at 5Dimes.

Fields took over at quarterback and he was able to fit like a glove in the Ohio State offense. The signal-caller led Ohio State to a Big Ten championship and a College Football Playoff appearance. He was also a Heisman Trophy finalist and he is a +400 favorite to win the award next season at BetOnline.

ESPN analyst Laura Rutledge appeared on Get Up! and picked Fields to win the Heisman Trophy next season.

“I would go ahead and say that Justin Fields wins the Heisman,” Rutledge said. “I think that is going to do more with the type of competition that Ohio State is going to have.”

Justin Fields completed 238 of 354 passes for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns with three interceptions in 14 games. Fields completed 67.2 percent of his passes and he can be even better next season because he will be more comfortable and familiar with the team.

While Fields is not a full-on dual-threat quarterback, he still ran for 484 yards and 10 touchdowns on 137 carries, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. Fields’ low interception total proves that he is a great decision-maker and that bodes well for his future.

Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

The Future

Fields is projected as a top-five pick in the 2021 NFL Draft as long as he stays healthy next season. He is at +500 to be the first pick of next year’s draft at BetOnline.

Look for Fields to improve significantly with more experience under his belt. He can be a better passer and runner and take Ohio State far once again. It’s hard not to like Fields’ chances to win the Heisman Trophy and make his case as an intriguing NFL prospect.