Ohio State QB Justin Fields reacts to possibility of opting out of 2020 NCAA season
With the Big Ten announcing that it will play football this season after all, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is eager at the opportunity to play for the Buckeyes again. This comes after the conference initially announced that it was postponing its fall sports, including football, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But despite the uncertainty that surrounded the 2020 college football season, there was no doubt in Fields’ mind that he wanted to play for Ohio State instead of opting out of the season.
“I wanted to give myself an opportunity to come back and show the world what I can do,” the 21-year-old quarterback said, according to Toledo Blade’s Kyle Rowland. “I know the talent we have on offense and defense.”
Unlike Fields, however, several other college football stars have opted out of the season and declared themselves for the 2021 NFL Draft. This includes Michigan cornerback Ambry Thomas and LSU wide receiver JaMarr Chase. Another top quarterback in Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence announced that he will play for the Tigers this season before declaring for the draft.
Fields, who transferred from Georgia before playing for Ohio State last season, is looking to give the Buckeyes a national championship after falling short against Lawrence and the Tigers last year in the College Football Playoff semifinal. In his first season for the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 13-1 record, passed for 3,273 yards, made 238 of 354 passes, and threw for 41 touchdowns against three interceptions. He also had 137 carries, rushing for 484 yards, and scoring 10 rushing touchdowns.
The Big Ten football season is scheduled to begin on Oct. 23-24, with each team playing eight games in eight weeks, before the conference title game on Dec. 19.