Justin Fields announces his plans for 2021 season
Ohio State QB Justin Fields has played his last game for the Buckeyes.
In a farewell message to coach Ryan Day and the OSU fan base, Fields announced on social media that he would forego his senior year and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. The former Georgia QB wrote that, “My path to The Ohio State University was not a direct one, but I could not have asked for a better final destination. I knew this was a special place the moment I stepped on campus.”
He thanked his support system, including his parents and sister, and Day for believing in him.
“You helped me become a better quarterback, and more importantly, a better man,” he wrote. “It has been a privilege to call you Coach.”
In 2019, Fields had one of the greatest statistical seasons in the history of Ohio State football as a first-year starter when he completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards while accounting for 51 touchdowns (41 passing, 10 rushing). He became the first quarterback in Big Ten history with 40 passing TDs and 10 rushing TDs in the same season.
Fields, who passed for 385 yards and six touchdowns against Clemson, showed flashes in the national championship against Alabama, but finished with 17-for-33 passing for 194 yards and a touchdown. Fields, who bounced back from a big hit to the midsection against Clemson, also rushed six times for 67 yards.
Fields is widely expected to be the second quarterback taken in the NFL Draft behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence.
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— Justin Fields (@justnfields) January 18, 2021